The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America (Paperback)
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The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America (Paperback)

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Many of us may not realize that what we now call snail mail was once just as revolutionary as e-mail and text messages are today. As David M. Henkin argues in "The Postal Age", a burgeoning postal network initiated major cultural shifts during the nineteenth century, laying the foundation for the interconnectedness that now defines our ever-evolving world of telecommunications. This fascinating history traces these shifts from their beginnings in the mid-1800s, when cheaper postage, mass literacy, and migration combined to make the long-established postal service a more integral and viable part of everyday life. Through original correspondence and public discussions from the time period, Henkin tells the story of how Americans adjusted to a new world of long-distance correspondence, crowded post offices, junk mail, valentines, and dead letters. Throughout, "The Postal Age" paints a vibrant picture of a society where possibilities proliferated for personal and impersonal communications.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226327211
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 229 x 154 x 15 mm

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