Who's got mail? : the history of mail in America / Linda Barrett Osborne.
""In America, one of the first things done in a new State is to have the mail come." -Alexis de Toqueville, 1835 Who's Got Mail? is an intriguing and fact-filled look at how the mail has been delivered in the U.S. since the Constitution was signed. In the United States, the spread of the postal service went hand in hand with the spread of democracy and transportation. As settlement spread west, communication became even more important to let distant residents feel that they were American; no part of the country was too far away, no village or farm too small to have access to the post. Moreover, the Post Office has always been a public service--it was not designed to make a profit or act like a business, but to deliver letters, medical supplies, packages ordered online, and all the things that Americans need at a reasonable cost. Over the centuries, it has also been one of the largest employers in the United States, particularly as a means for African Americans and women to secure stable, middle-class jobs. Full of eccentric characters, great stories, and technological achievements, this fun middle grade narrative nonfiction from author Linda Barrett Osborne celebrates one of the oldest and strongest institutions, and a true testament to the spirit of American democracy"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9781419758966
- ISBN: 1419758969
- Physical Description: 236 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
- Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2023.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-226) and index.
|Target Audience Note:||
Ages 10 to 14. Abrams Books for Young Readers.
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