How the Post Office Created America

How the Post Office Created America

A History

Book - 2016
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"The post office, Winifred Gallagher argues, has been not just a witness to but a foundational influence on much of the history of the United States of America, particularly for women and African-Americans, who participated in the nation's formation via the post office in pivotal ways.a How the Post Office Created Americ a tells this story, tracing the role of a unique institution and its leaders, such as Benjamin Franklin, the Crown's first postmaster general-a position that for a great deal of America's history belonged to the cabinet, and as such was politically important and influential. Taking in all the major events in American history, from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil War to the advent of the Internet, Gallagher tells a vitally important story.a This fascinating and original work of history brings to life a uniquely American institution, one without which our democracy as we know it would not have been possible. Gallagher casts her eyes forward, arguing compellingly that now more than ever before, as we arrive at a fork in the road with the advent of the Internet, we need to ensure that the future of the postal service is not squandered. 'Winifred Gallagher makes a big claim in the first sentence of her new book-'The history of the Post Office is nothing less than the story of America.' And then, in a sweeping tour of American and postal history from the colonial period to the present, she makes us all believers. Highly recommended for students, scholars, and those who care about this nation's past.' aDavid Nasaw, author ofa The Patriarch- The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy aanda Andrew Carnegiea a 'At first glance, a book on the history of the post office seems an unpromising prospect for a page-turner. But I found it so fascinating that I could hardly put it down.aThis book is a winner, based on deep knowledge and research that will reach a broad audience with a story that will enhance their appreciation and understanding of the post office and its contribution to American life.' James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author ofa Tried by Wara anda Embattled Rebel "
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781594205002
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Sep 06, 2016

Author explores the ‘post’—delivering letters, newspapers and advertising—from the founding of our country to the current time.

I collected stamps as a girl so this title caught my attention. There’s some on ‘commeoratives,’ but much more on how mail delivery influenced our transportation systems. Amazing. Who knew.

Jul 27, 2016

A better book would have longer and more detailed portraits of the characters who worked for the PO. There is too much background general history that just repeats what most of us learned in high school.


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