How the Post Office Made America


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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   2 years back

    I hope you enjoy this video! It's certainly a unique topic :)

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    • Noam Ben-Shalom
      Noam Ben-Shalom  11 months back

      Wendover Productions - I love your videos, absolutely crazy about these videos! My only complain about this specific video is how you pronounce the beautiful and lovely state of NV. You said Nevuduh, it is Nevada!

    • Shashikiran Duraisamy
      Shashikiran Duraisamy  1 years back

      @wendover where do you get the info from???

    • ImTheBezt1241 !
      ImTheBezt1241 !  1 years back


    • Meister Patch
      Meister Patch  1 years back


    • Alvinix Maskey
      Alvinix Maskey  1 years back

      Nepal's Geography Problem

  • Silent Cal
    Silent Cal  3 days back

    I’m a USPS worker and proud of it!

    • Majorohminus
      Majorohminus  2 weeks back

      Imagine having public infrastructure that wasn't designed to make money for the goodness of the people! LOL. Nowadays the US is behind every modern nation in public infrastructure and public communications infrastructure. Think of what that means 100 years from now!

      • Lubomir Kostov
        Lubomir Kostov  3 weeks back

        does that mean if the EU opened a centralized post,it would become a single country?

        • Jacob Stewart
          Jacob Stewart  3 weeks back

          But was that a good thing overall?
          for the world that the US became a superpower
          for the American people that the federal government became more relevant and powerfull than the States' governments

          • Max Headrom
            Max Headrom  3 weeks back

            Just a comment, Wendover: Brazil also has no sovereignty movement in its borders.

            • Digital Evidence Expert

              This video should be renamed "How the Post Office Made America Great".

              • Valentino Vitez
                Valentino Vitez  1 months back

                You sound like Jake Gyllenhaal

                • Tahir Ahmed
                  Tahir Ahmed  1 months back

                  From horses to trains and then planes Post Office now a great gain for all of us in all countires states, cities...Today is a World Post Office Day and great work for Postal System across the globe to make it important not only for delivery letters but Post Office of any village county matters a lot...Nowadays with just tickets of some pennies take your letter in hours to a different state great achievement and its wonderful history will keep it alive always...P.O. Numbers so important .

                  • Thabelo Sebata
                    Thabelo Sebata  2 months back

                    And how were they peddling cocaine and other drugs back then?

                    • Alvaro Aguayo
                      Alvaro Aguayo  2 months back

                      I know this comment is a little bit late, but I have to say it... In 3:24, the US flag has 35 stars, and the post office show date 1862... But by 1862, there were only 34 states; the 35th state, West Virginia, was admitted by 1863.

                      • BlogofBored
                        BlogofBored  2 months back

                        Founding fathers WHO?

                        • lonelyPorterCH
                          lonelyPorterCH  2 months back

                          4:04 greater buldings in the front, smaller ones in the back and some streets, where you could build in the future...

                          looks exactly like my cities in Anno 1800 (or any other anno)^^

                          • lonelyPorterCH
                            lonelyPorterCH  2 months back

                            Man, even 2 years ago, every video was a sellout^^

                            • Alexander Holt
                              Alexander Holt  2 months back


                              • John R. Weber
                                John R. Weber  2 months back

                                A great, informational video production.  Thanks for putting it together.  One lack of foresight on the part of the US postal service that has always baffled me is their refusal to adopt the opportunity to become an email provider.  Imagine how different communication might be today if our email addresses included the!

                                • mike95826
                                  mike95826  3 months back

                                  It greatly expanded commerce. Anyone, no matter where they were on the continent could look up in a Sears and Roebuck catalog almost anything they needed or wanted up to and including a covered wagon and get it delivered within a month or so. The video touched on it but it probably should have a complete video on how the post office started and expanded POST ROADS that now go by a different name INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.

                                  • Al Twobears
                                    Al Twobears  3 months back

                                    America. Fuck yeah!

                                    • FettFrosch λ
                                      FettFrosch λ  3 months back

                                      the fuck did you do to Louisiana

                                      • Jon L
                                        Jon L  3 months back

                                        What’s the present day sovereignty crisis in Canada?

                                        • Ishi 123
                                          Ishi 123  3 months back

                                          California used to have a population of only 1 million.
                                          Now it has a homeless population of 1 million.

                                          • MWB Gaming
                                            MWB Gaming  3 months back

                                            You do realise that batteries are not allowed in an aircrafts cargo bay

                                            So that expensive battery operated suitcase cannot be checked in, you better hope it fits in the overhead bin, otherwise you just wasted your money

                                            • XP_Studios
                                              XP_Studios  3 months back

                                              Person 150 years ago, Nov.14: I wonder who the president is
                                              My Russian neighbor 2016 at 3AM: YAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

                                              • Purple Monkey Dishwasher
                                                Purple Monkey Dishwasher  3 months back

                                                I haven't watched it yet, but do trains and planes make an appearance?

                                                • Visual One Studio
                                                  Visual One Studio  3 months back

                                                  My brother is a mailman. We (America) may have lots of problems, but watching this video reminds me that we can be proud, united and patriotic about at least one thing, our excellent postal service.

                                                  • N. J. Oliver Campbell
                                                    N. J. Oliver Campbell  3 months back

                                                    What's up with the music?

                                                    • goofy roofy
                                                      goofy roofy  4 months back

                                                      I think its too simplistic to credit the post office for a lack of a sovereignty movement in the US, it's more due to ethnic makeup, and don't look now but you have the Viva la Raza movement and push for bilingual Spanish nowadays in places like CA, TX, FL.Not to mention Texas always points to its ability to leave anytime, and has the strongest "state first" mentality. You're about to find out what it was like for Canada to have Quebec, Russia to have Siberians/Central Asians vs Europeans, China to have Tibetans, etc.

                                                      • scose
                                                        scose  4 months back


                                                        • Lewis Johnson
                                                          Lewis Johnson  4 months back

                                                          A lot of us still identify with our state first and in many regards we’re still not one single state called the USA, and it’s frustrating when people try to treat us like one giant homogenous state with one economy.

                                                          • Buffalo Me
                                                            Buffalo Me  5 months back

                                                            6:54 The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869.

                                                            • yummy.paint
                                                              yummy.paint  5 months back

                                                              Theres also a lesson about the importance of net neutrality in here

                                                              • Lydia B
                                                                Lydia B  5 months back

                                                                This is obviously 2 years after the fact, and I did enjoy the video, but I think the language around the West's relative isolation from the East Coast could be done a little more carefully- "untamed and dangerous wilderness" and "vast, untamed wilderness" both play into the erasure of Native Americans, and suggest that "taming" this land would be necessary and beneficial.

                                                                • Av Kal
                                                                  Av Kal  5 months back

                                                                  Love the videos! This is the first one where I don't really agree with your thesis at the end. It is hard to argue that Americans are all on the same page.... There may not be any official sovereignty movements but there is clearly a huge divide in what they believe being an American means/requires (which is not nearly as contentious an issue in Canada). Also they had a civil war.

                                                                  • FunHouse Classics
                                                                    FunHouse Classics  5 months back

                                                                    I love it!

                                                                  • Yürüyen Ansiklopedi
                                                                    Yürüyen Ansiklopedi  6 months back

                                                                    3:58 so you are saying that a turkish newspaper was the primary thing in US' foundation? seems legit

                                                                    • Flavio Müller
                                                                      Flavio Müller  6 months back

                                                                      The American public transportation system still sucks

                                                                      • Keith Lefebvre
                                                                        Keith Lefebvre  6 months back

                                                                        Defund the USPS!!!

                                                                        • Andy Madden
                                                                          Andy Madden  6 months back

                                                                          02:29 "California might as well have been an island" *Spain intensifies*

                                                                          • MrCorvusC
                                                                            MrCorvusC  7 months back

                                                                            Agent Donger would be proud.

                                                                            • Doug H. Nuts
                                                                              Doug H. Nuts  7 months back

                                                                              As a luggage repairman I can tell you Briggs and Riley is the best made with a lifetime no BS warranty. Not sure about the USB part though.

                                                                              • Tech Core
                                                                                Tech Core  7 months back

                                                                                fort kearny nebraska is brutal in the winter, man I feel bad for those postmen back then, the winters were probably way wilder.

                                                                                • John Groce
                                                                                  John Groce  7 months back

                                                                                  By far the best video that I watched out of all them. It shows the most important innovations that made this country so amazing. Love your vids

                                                                                  • Aaron Donald Beringson
                                                                                    Aaron Donald Beringson  7 months back

                                                                                    It made America great again lol

                                                                                    • Ben Cheevers
                                                                                      Ben Cheevers  7 months back

                                                                                      Hah! Quebec's not serious :P

                                                                                      • Max Aggropop
                                                                                        Max Aggropop  7 months back

                                                                                        and as you can see in kevin costner's documentary "postman" the us post office kept on holding up civilization long after the united states had vanished.

                                                                                        • Korkzor
                                                                                          Korkzor  7 months back

                                                                                          So it wasn't suppost to make money? I'll let myself out..

                                                                                          • Eric Blumrich
                                                                                            Eric Blumrich  8 months back

                                                                                            "The post office may be obsolete..."


                                                                                            • Jakub Bolanowski
                                                                                              Jakub Bolanowski  8 months back

                                                                                              That's what "The Postman" was about :)