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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226327211
ISBN-10: 0226327213
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 154mm x 15mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David M. Henkin

David M. Henkin is associate professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of City Reading.