Monday, February 19, 2007

The Post Office

According to Paul Starr, The creation of the media "The post office was a primary center of the government's intelligence operations, with its own espionage agents and deciphering branch." (The creation of the media pg. 95)

My opinion about this statement is that the post office is where the government conduct its business. The government uses the post office to monitor mails that are sent out to people. They use the post office to stop any mails that has to do with terrorist plots. During this period the government used the post office to put a stop to any pamphlet that had to do with slavery.


At 11:20 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A decent post with on a key point.

You are mixing eras here. What do you mean that "goverment conducts its business" at the post office? Did the federal government monitor the content of the mail? When? today? Do you think that the federal goverment is reading your mail today?

It is true that before the Civil War postmasters in Southern states did try to stop abolitionist publications from being sent through the mails, but this was technically against federal policy.


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