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

David M. Henkin


Americans commonly recognize television, e-mail, and instant messaging as agents of pervasive cultural change. But many of us may not realize that what we now call snail mail was once just as revolutionary. As this book argues, 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. The book traces these shifts from their beginnings in the mid-1800s, when cheaper postage, mass literacy, and migration combined to make the long-established postal ser ... More

Keywords: television, e-mail, instant messaging, cultural change, snail mail, postal network, nineteenth century, telecommunications, mass literacy, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226327204
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Henkin, author