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Becoming Postal a Communications Revolution in Antebellum America

in The Postal Age

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226327204
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0002
Becoming Postal a Communications Revolution in Antebellum America

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This chapter offers a brief history of the transitional moment in American history when a remarkably broad range of new users joined the postal network. While outlining the changes that took place and making a case for their significance, it also proposes understanding the spread of the post within the context of a number of historical developments in nineteenth-century U.S. society—most crucially, the extraordinary demographic mobility of mid-century Americans.

Keywords: American history; postal network; demographic mobility; nineteenth-century U.S. society

Chapter.  11952 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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