On View
Slavery and Freedom Gallery
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Written by
Banneker, Benjamin, American, 1731 - 1806
Printed by
Krukshank, Joseph, active 1790s
Date
1793
Medium
printing ink on paper with thread
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 × 4 7/16 × 3/16 in. (17.8 × 11.3 × 0.5 cm)
Description
This Banneker's Almanack is a 48-page printed booklet printed in 1793. The almanac is a booklet comprised of 8 segments of folded paper, bound together by two stitches of cream-colored thread on the left-hand side that are knotted at the back. The top edge of the booklet is trimmed, but the side and bottom edges are not. The pages are unnumbered. Pages 37-40 are uncut along the top edge.
Banneker's Almanack contains a varied assortment of information. Primarily an annual calendar, each month is listed along with important dates, statistical information, phases of the moon, astronomical data, and tide tables. The Almanack also includes political and social commentary most notably on anti-slavery issues. Banneker included abstracts such as, “A Plan of a Peace-Office, for the United States”, “Extracts from the Debates in the Last Session of the British Parliament, Apr. 1792”, “Extract from Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia”, “Extract from Wilkinson’s Appeal to England on Behalf of the Abused Africans”, poetry, Census data, tables of interest at 5% and 7%, currency exchanges, roads and mileage from various starting points to nearby towns and cities, and information about Federal, State and Local courts.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place printed
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Movement
Anti-slavery movements
Type
almanacs
Topic
Agriculture
Antislavery
Free communities of color
Literature
Science
Slavery
U.S. History, 1783-1815
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.63.31
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd542a4090e-a9f0-447f-8654-148c6c9a9ad4

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