Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America

Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America

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Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America explores the evolution of postal innovations that sparked a communication revolution in nineteenth-century America. Wayne E. Fuller examines how evangelical Protestants, the nations dominant religious group, struggled against those transformations in American society that they believed threatened to paganize the Christian nation they were determined to save. _x000B_Drawing on House and Senate documents, postmasters general reports, and the Congressional Record, as well as sermons, speeches, and articles from numerous religious and secular periodicals, Fuller illuminates the problems the changed postal system posed for evangelicals, from Sunday mail delivery and Sunday newspapers to an avalanche of unseemly material brought into American homes via improved mail service and reduced postage prices. Along the way, Fuller offers new perspectives on the church and state controversy in the United States as well as on publishing, politics, birth control, the lottery, censorship, Congresss postal power, and the waning of evangelical Protestant influence.Jubal, 201 Eaton, Ohio, obscene letters in, 222-23 E. Edwards and Company, 181 Elderkin, John, 152 Eliot, Charles, 133 Ely, Rev. ... 9; on Sabbath mail service, 3-13, 16, 22-23, 32_35r 38, 42-43, 50, 56-59, 61, 70a€”71, 90-91, 93, 253; on 56X, I73-74, I77, 178-79; ... Pills, 181, 239 French code of morals, 211 Frothingham, Octavious Brooks, 118-19 Fruits ofPhilosophy (Knowlton), 167 Fuller, Melville, 212anbsp;...

Title:Morality and the Mail in Nineteenth-Century America
Author: Wayne E. Fuller
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2003-03-06

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