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The Resource Spreading the news : the American postal system from Franklin to Morse, Richard R. John

Spreading the news : the American postal system from Franklin to Morse, Richard R. John

Label
Spreading the news : the American postal system from Franklin to Morse
Title
Spreading the news
Title remainder
the American postal system from Franklin to Morse
Statement of responsibility
Richard R. John
Title variation
American postal system from Franklin to Morse
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
John, Richard R.
Dewey number
383/.4973
Index
index present
LC call number
HE6185.U5
LC item number
J634 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Postal service
Label
Spreading the news : the American postal system from Franklin to Morse, Richard R. John
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-356) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Postal System as an Agent of Change -- 2. The Communications Revolution -- 3. Completing the Network -- 4. The Imagined Community -- 5. The Invasion of the Sacred -- 6. The Wellspring of Democracy -- 7. The Interdiction of Dissent
Control code
32589147
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780674833388
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95020067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Spreading the news : the American postal system from Franklin to Morse, Richard R. John
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-356) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Postal System as an Agent of Change -- 2. The Communications Revolution -- 3. Completing the Network -- 4. The Imagined Community -- 5. The Invasion of the Sacred -- 6. The Wellspring of Democracy -- 7. The Interdiction of Dissent
Control code
32589147
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780674833388
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95020067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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