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How the Post Office created America : a history

Author: Winifred Gallagher
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
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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: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Winifred Gallagher
ISBN: 0399564039 9780399564031
OCLC Number: 952158307
Description: 1 online resource
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.

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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 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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