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Subject:  Re: Impact of Right Wing Echo Chamber Date:  12/19/2018  5:29 PM
Author:  syke6 Number:  122978 of 129890

Actually what has changed is practically everything, so far as government is concerned. At the beginning states were more like countries. You could barely travel from one to the next, given that horseback was the only mode of transportation. Citizens were far removed from the Federal government, which was formed mostly for the purpose of declaring independence, fomenting war, and insuring liberties once that war was concluded. And later managing foreign trade, printing money (although that took decades) and so on.

Interestingly (and somewhat off topic), one of the gripes the early Americans had with Britain is the lack of ability to communicate between the colonies. The Crown mail system was designed to send letters to and from England, not between the colonies themselves. Developing a robust mail system was a major priority and Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin as postmaster. By "Congress" I mean the Continental Congress in 1775. So the US Post office actually pre-dates both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
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