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Q: What do they mean by establish post offices and post roads?

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Timothy Alan Provis
Timothy Alan Provis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Port Washington, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: This a quotation from the U.S. Constitution, Article I, §8, Clause 7. It gives the Congress the power "to establish post offices and post roads"

In 1789, when the Constitution was adopted, the mail was carried on by riders on horseback. Post offices were few and far between. So postal roads were created so the riders could get the mail to the people and the post offices. Perhaps you are not aware but there was no radio, no telephone and no TV in 1789 so the primary way people communicated with each other over long distances was by writing letters to each other and mailing them.

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