The Expansion of Post Offices

Another Reason for Anti-Literacy Laws

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The surge in anti-literacy laws was also driven by the widespread new abundance of written materials delivered by the post office.

"The number of post offices grew exponentially across the country; in Alabama alone they increased from 94 to 810 in the thirty-four years after 1825."

SCHWEIGER, BETH BARTON. “The Literate South: Reading before Emancipation.” Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 3, no. 3, 2013, pp. 331–59. JSTOR, Accessed 9 May 2023.