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How the Post Office Created America

How the Post Office Created America
A History

by Winifred Gallagher

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2016-06-28
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0399564039
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A masterful history of a long underappreciated institution, How the Post Office Created America examines 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 was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor—indeed, it was the government for most citizens. This was no conventional mail network but the central nervous system of the new body politic, designed to bind thirteen quarrelsome colonies into the United States by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen—a radical idea that appalled Europe’s great powers. America’s uniquely democratic post powerfully shaped its lively, argumentative culture of uncensored ideas and opinions and made it the world’s information and communications superpower with astonishing speed. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries. The mandate to deliver the mail—then “the media”—imposed the federal footprint on vast, often contested parts of the continent and transformed a wilderness into a social landscape of post roads and villages centered on post offices. The post was 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. It enabled America to shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy and to develop the publishing industry, the consumer culture, and the political party system. Still one of the country’s two major civilian employers, the post was the first to hire women, African Americans, and other minorities for positions in public life. Starved by two world wars and the Great Depression, confronted with the country’s increasingly anti-institutional mind-set, and struggling with its doubled mail volume, the post stumbled badly in the turbulent 1960s. Distracted by the ensuing modernization of its traditional services, however, it failed to transition from paper mail to email, which prescient observers saw as its logical next step. Now the post office is at a crossroads. Before deciding its future, Americans should understand what this grand yet overlooked institution has accomplished since 1775 and consider what it should and could contribute in the twenty-first century. Gallagher argues that now, more than ever before, the imperiled post office deserves this effort, because just as the founders anticipated, it created forward-looking, communication-oriented, idea-driven America.

A Postcard View of Hell: One Doughboy’s Souvenir Album of the First World War

A Postcard View of Hell: One Doughboy’s Souvenir Album of the First World War
A Book

by Frank Jacob,Mark D. Van Ells

  • Publisher : Vernon Press
  • Release : 2019-03-31
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN : 1622734513
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For many the postcard may seem trivial, little more than a mundane souvenir or a way to keep in touch with friends and relatives while on vacation. But if we look carefully, postcards offer valuable insights into the time periods in which they were created and the mentalities of those who bought or sent them. Frank Marhefka, while serving in the U.S. Army Motor Transportation Corps during the First World War, amassed a collection of more than 150 postcards and photographs while in France, and bound them into a souvenir album. Marhefka’s collection provides a diverse and vivid look into a period of history that – in many soldiers’ accounts – is not usually visualized with all its cruelties. Emphasizing the pictorial turn of the Great War, this album offers personal insight into a conflict that caused so much death and destruction. The book begins with an introduction providing a history of postcards and their extensive use by soldiers during the Great War. Then, after a biography of Marhefka, his postcard collection is presented in its entirety. Accompanying the images are brief texts that place them into historical context, as well as suggestions for further reading. As a visual artifact of the First World War and the perspective of one U.S. soldier, this book is aimed at students, scholars, postcard collectors, and general readers alike who have an interest in military history and popular culture.

Spreading the News

Spreading the News
The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse

by Richard R. JOHN,Richard R John

  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release : 2009-06-30
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0674039149
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the seven decades from its establishment in 1775 to the commercialization of the electric telegraph in 1844, the American postal system spurred a communications revolution no less far-reaching than the subsequent revolutions associated with the telegraph, telephone, and computer. This book tells the story of that revolution and the challenge it posed for American business, politics, and cultural life. During the early republic, the postal system was widely hailed as one of the most important institutions of the day. No other institution had the capacity to transmit such a large volume of information on a regular basis over such an enormous geographical expanse. The stagecoaches and postriders who conveyed the mail were virtually synonymous with speed. In the United States, the unimpeded transmission of information has long been hailed as a positive good. In few other countries has informational mobility been such a cherished ideal. Richard John shows how postal policy can help explain this state of affairs. He discusses its influence on the development of such information-intensive institutions as the national market, the voluntary association, and the mass party. He traces its consequences for ordinary Americans, including women, blacks, and the poor. In a broader sense, he shows how the postal system worked to create a national society out of a loose union of confederated states. This exploration of the role of the postal system in American public life provides a fresh perspective not only on an important but neglected chapter in American history, but also on the origins of some of the most distinctive features of American life today. Table of Contents: Preface Acknowledgments The Postal System as an Agent of Change The Communications Revolution Completing the Network The Imagined Community The Invasion of the Sacred The Wellspring of Democracy The Interdiction of Dissent Conclusion Abbreviations Notes Sources Index Reviews of this book: "[A] splendid new book...that gives the lie to any notion that 'government' and 'administration' were 'absent' in early America." DD--Theda Skocpol, Social Science History "This well-researched and elegantly written book will become a model for historians attempting to link public policy to cultural and political change...[It] will engage not only historians of the early republic, but all scholars interested in the relationship between state and society." DD--John Majewski, Journal of Economic History "The strength of the book is...the author's ability to untangle the thousands of social, political, economic, and cultural threads of the postal fabric and to rearrange them into a clear and compelling social history." DD--Roy Alden Atwood, Journal of American History "Richard R. John provides an insightful cultural history of the often-overlooked American postal system, concentrating on its preeminent status for long-distance communication between its birth in 1775 and the commercialization of the electric telegraph in 1844...John effectively draws upon government documents, newspapers, travelogues, and contemporary social and political histories to argue that the postal system causes and mirrors dramatic changes in American public life during this period...John focuses his study on the communication revolution of the past, yet his meticulous analysis of the complex motives forming the postal institution and its policies relate to such current controversies as those that surround the transmission of information in cyberspace. These contemporary disputes highlight the power of the government in shaping the communication of the people. John privileges the postal institution as the reigning communication system, yet he links it with the developing ideology of the nation, and the scope of his study ensures its value--in the disciplines of communication studies, literature, history, and political science, among others--as a history of the past and present." DD--Sarah R. Marino, Canadian Review of American Studies "Spreading the News exemplifies the kind of sophisticated and nuanced research that US postal history has long needed. Richard R. John breaks from the internalist, antiquarian tradition characteristic of so many post office histories to place the postal system at the centre of American national development." DD--Richard B. Kielbowicz, Business History "[John] presents a thoroughly researched and well-written book...[which will give] insight into the history of the post office and its impact on American life." DD--Library Journal "It is surely true that in Richard John the post has had the good fortune to have found its proper historian, one capable of appreciating the complex design and social importance of the means a people use to distribute information. He has also accomplished the impressive feat of gathering together the pieces of a postal history present elsewhere as so many tiny fragments. John has drawn into a coherent design the stories of postal patronage, the decisions about postal privacy, the incidents along post roads used by others as illustrative anecdotes. John's work has inspired in him a deep appreciation for the accomplishments of the post." DD--Ann Fabian, The Yale Review "John's book explains how the letters and newspapers sent through the post were really the glue that held the early 13 states together and that embraced additional states as the nation expanded westward...It is a splendid attempt to show the importance of mail service in the years before the telegraph or the telephone made at least brief news transmission possible. The postal system of the 19th century really was a factor, perhaps the major factor, in making the United States one nation." DD--Richard B. Graham, Linn's Stamp News "This book traces the central role of the postal system in [its] communications revolution and its contribution to American public life. The author shows how the postal system influenced the establishment of a national society out of a loose union of confederated states. Richard John throws light onto a chapter in American history that is often neglected but sets up the origins of some of the most distinctive features of American life today...The book is a comprehensive study on an important American institution during a critical epoch in its history." DD--Monika Plum, Prometheus [UK] "John has produced an original, well-documented, and thoughtful study that offers alternative and enticing interpretations of Jacksonian policies and public institutions." DD--Choice

Postal Information

Postal Information
Post Office, United States of America

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1914
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Postal Record

The Postal Record
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1894
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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There's Always Work at the Post Office

There's Always Work at the Post Office
African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality

by Philip F. Rubio

  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 446
  • ISBN : 0807833428
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book brings to life the important but neglected story of African American postal workers and the critical role they played in the U.S. labor and black freedom movements. Philip Rubio, a former postal worker, integrates civil rights, labor, and left m

Royal Mail

Royal Mail
The Post Office Since 1840

by Martin J. Daunton

  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • Release : 1985
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Statutes of the United States of America Passed at the ... Session of the ... Congress

Statutes of the United States of America Passed at the ... Session of the ... Congress
A Book

by United States

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1921
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Operation of the Washington, D.C. Post Office

Operation of the Washington, D.C. Post Office
Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Postal Facilities, Mail, and Labor Management of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, Second Session ....

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. Subcommittee on Postal Facilities, Mail, and Labor Management

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1976
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mail Service in Rural America, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Postal Service of ..., 93-2, Nov. 15, 19, 26, 1974

Mail Service in Rural America, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Postal Service of ..., 93-2, Nov. 15, 19, 26, 1974
A Book

by United States. Congress. House. Post Office and Civil Service Committee

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1974
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Post Office Guide

Post Office Guide
A Book

by Great Britain. Post Office

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1916
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hearings, Reports and Prints of the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

Hearings, Reports and Prints of the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service
A Book

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1974
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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National Five Digit Zip Code and Post Office Directory

National Five Digit Zip Code and Post Office Directory
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Post Office Reorganization

Post Office Reorganization
Hearings, Ninety-first Congress, First Session, on Various Proposals to Reform the Postal Establishment

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1969
  • Pages : 1318
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Paper Trails

Paper Trails
The US Post and the Making of the American West

by Cameron Blevins

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 0190053674
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Gossamer Network presents a new history of the American state and its efforts to conquer, occupy, and integrate the western United States between the 1860s and early 1900s. The success of this project depended on an unassuming government institution: the U.S. Post. As millions of settlers rushed into remote corners of the region, they relied on the mail to stay connected to the wider world. Letters and newspapers, magazines and pamphlets, petitions and money orders, all travelled across the most expansive communications network on earth. Gossamer Network maps the year-by-year spread of this infrastructure using a dataset of more than 100,000 post offices, revealing a new and unfamiliar picture of the federal government in the West. Despite its size, the U.S. Post was both nimble and ephemeral, rapidly spinning out its infrastructure to distant places before melting away at a moment's notice. The administration of this network bore little resemblance to the civil service bureaucracies typically associated with government institutions today. Instead, the U.S. Post grafted public mail service onto the private operations of thousands of local businesses, contracting with stagecoach companies to carry bags of mail and paying local merchants to distribute letters from their stores. The postal network's sprawling geography and localized operations forces a reconsideration of the American state, its history, and the ways in which it exercised power. This book tells the story of one of the most dramatic reorganizations of people, land, and resources in American history and the underlying spatial circuitry that wove this project together"--

Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society

Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society
A Book

by American Mathematical Society

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1985
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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British Mail Steamers to South America, 1851-1965

British Mail Steamers to South America, 1851-1965
A History of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and Royal Mail Lines

by Dr Robert E Forrester

  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2014-05-28
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 1472416619
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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During the nineteenth century the British government and the Admiralty provided large subsidies to commercial companies to run international mail services. Concentrating on the service between Britain and South America, this book explores the economic, maritime and political aspects of the Royal Mail Lines company, which held contracts between 1851 and 1965, and reveals the impacts that a long-distance mail service had upon travel, trade, commerce and the changing patterns of global information exchange.

Annual Report of the Governor of the Panama Canal for the Fiscal Year Ended ...

Annual Report of the Governor of the Panama Canal for the Fiscal Year Ended ...
A Book

by Canal Zone. Office of the Governor

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1917
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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William Cooper Nell, Nineteenth-century African American Abolitionist, Historian, Integrationist

William Cooper Nell, Nineteenth-century African American Abolitionist, Historian, Integrationist
Selected Writings from 1832-1874

by William Cooper Nell

  • Publisher : Black Classic Press
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 725
  • ISBN : 9781574780192
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For the first time, a biography of William Cooper Nell and a major portion of his articles for "The Liberator", "The National Anti-Slavery Standard", and "The North Star" have been published in a single volume. The book is the first to document the life and works of Nell and includes correspondence with many noted abolitionists such as Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglass, Amy Kirby Post and Charles Sumner.

Government Control of the Telegraph and Telephone Systems

Government Control of the Telegraph and Telephone Systems
Hearings on H.J.Res. 368 Before the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, House of Representatives, 65th Congress, 3d Session, January 23-28, 1919. Pt. III.

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Post Roads

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1919
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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