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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

Creation of the Post Office Department

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation
(1776-1830)


Creation of the Post Office Department
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.75

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    comptroller, best, completion, postal, better, quill, westward, postage, unofficial, stagecoach, instant, constitution, gathering, official, various, survey
     content words:    United States, New England, North America, Benjamin Franklin, New York, Continental Congress, Postmaster General, Pony Express


Creation of the Post Office Department
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     In a big country like the United States, communications has always been an issue. American inventors keep coming up with newer, better, and faster ways to deliver our messages. Today, we can call a friend on a cell phone, send an instant message or video chat over the Internet, or mail a letter.
 
2     In Colonial times, it wasn't so easy to send a message. You could write a letter with your quill pen and ink, but then you had to wait for a traveler who was going in the right direction to deliver it. Early on, well before the United States became an independent country, people recognized the need for a postal service.
 
3     The first postal services in the United States were not really official mail services at all. Gathering places such as taverns became the unofficial collection points for mail. Then, when travelers were leaving on a trip, they would stop at the tavern, pick up the mail, and take it along with them. As early as 1639, Richard Fairbank's tavern in New England was handling mail service for the colonists.

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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

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(1776-1830)



United States
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United States History
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