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How the Post Office Created America : a History

Author: Winifred Gallagher
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discover the surprising role of the postal service in our nation's political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time it represented the government for most citizens. The post became the catalyst of the nation's transportation grid, from the stagecoach lines to the airlines, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Winifred Gallagher
ISBN: 1594205000 9781594205002 9780143130062 0143130064
OCLC Number: 929055992
Description: 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why the Post Office Matters --
Inventing the Government : B. Free Franklin --
Building the Postal Commons --
Moving the Mail --
The Politicized Post --
Crisis and Opportunity --
The Personal Post --
Growing the Communications Culture --
Linking East and West --
The Mail Must Go Through --
War Clouds, Silver Linings --
Full Steam Ahead --
The Golden Age --
Redefining "Postal" --
Starving the Post --
Mid-Modern Meltdown --
The U.S. Postal Service --
Afterword: Whither the Post?
Responsibility: Winifred Gallagher.

Abstract:

Discover the surprising role of the postal service in our nation's political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time it represented the government for most citizens. The post became the catalyst of the nation's transportation grid, from the stagecoach lines to the airlines, and the lifeline of the great migration from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Gallagher traces its origins and leaders and describes its role in every major event in American history, from the Revolutionary War to the dawn of the Internet age.
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