News in the Mail: The Press, Post Office, and Public Information, 1700-1860s

Synopsis

This work charts the relationship between the press and post office from colonial times through the Civil War. The book shows that the federal governemnt in the 1790s underwrote the circulation of printed matter and how the postal policy governing public information led to a cultural clash between the North and South that was partly a barometer of the tension that led to the Civil War. News in the Mail not only looks at the government's role in disseminating news and promoting communication, but also examines the structure and implications of this country's early communication system.