How the Post Office Created America

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  • Author : Winifred Gallagher
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0 pages
  • ISBN : 0143130064
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 9 reviews
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How the Post Office Created America

How the Post Office Created America
  • Author : Winifred Gallagher
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release : 04 July 2017
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“’The history of its Post Office is nothing less than the story of America,’ Ms. Gallagher’s opening sentence declares, and in this lively book she makes the case well.”—Wall Street Journal A masterful history of a long underappreciated institution, How the Post Office Created America examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence,

How the Post Office Created America

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 28 June 2016
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A masterful history of a long underappreciated institution, How the Post Office Created America examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time, it was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor—indeed, it was the government for most citizens. This was no conventional mail network but

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  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release : 05 December 1982
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  • Publisher : Collins Reference
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