Author: Philip F. Rubio
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date: 2010-05-15
Genre: Social Science
This book brings to life the important but neglected story of African American postal workers and the critical role they played in the U.S. labor and black freedom movements. Historian Philip Rubio, a former postal worker, integrates civil rights, labor, and left movement histories that too often are written as if they happened separately. Centered on New York City and Washington, D.C., the book chronicles a struggle of national significance through its examination of the post office, a workplace with facilities and unions serving every city and town in the United States. Black postal workers--often college-educated military veterans--fought their way into postal positions and unions and became a critical force for social change. They combined black labor protest and civic traditions to construct a civil rights unionism at the post office. They were a major factor in the 1970 nationwide postal wildcat strike, which resulted in full collective bargaining rights for the major postal unions under the newly established U.S. Postal Service in 1971. In making the fight for equality primary, African American postal workers were influential in shaping today's post office and postal unions.
"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel—the one that catapulted its author to national fame—is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.
A masterful history of a long underappreciated institution, How the Post Office Created America examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time, it was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor—indeed, it was the government for most citizens. This was no conventional mail network but the central nervous system of the new body politic, designed to bind thirteen quarrelsome colonies into the United States by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen—a radical idea that appalled Europe’s great powers. America’s uniquely democratic post powerfully shaped its lively, argumentative culture of uncensored ideas and opinions and made it the world’s information and communications superpower with astonishing speed. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries. The mandate to deliver the mail—then “the media”—imposed the federal footprint on vast, often contested parts of the continent and transformed a wilderness into a social landscape of post roads and villages centered on post offices. The post was the catalyst of the nation’s transportation grid, from the stagecoach lines to the airlines, and the lifeline of the great migration from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It enabled America to shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy and to develop the publishing industry, the consumer culture, and the political party system. Still one of the country’s two major civilian employers, the post was the first to hire women, African Americans, and other minorities for positions in public life. Starved by two world wars and the Great Depression, confronted with the country’s increasingly anti-institutional mind-set, and struggling with its doubled mail volume, the post stumbled badly in the turbulent 1960s. Distracted by the ensuing modernization of its traditional services, however, it failed to transition from paper mail to email, which prescient observers saw as its logical next step. Now the post office is at a crossroads. Before deciding its future, Americans should understand what this grand yet overlooked institution has accomplished since 1775 and consider what it should and could contribute in the twenty-first century. Gallagher argues that now, more than ever before, the imperiled post office deserves this effort, because just as the founders anticipated, it created forward-looking, communication-oriented, idea-driven America. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Learning Express Llc
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Study Aids
A revised edition prepares candidates for the postal service application process and Test 473, in a resource that provides four complete practice exams, a targeted review for each test section, and a thorough assessment and overview of the USPS hiring process. Original.
Author: Mark Alan Stewart
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Release Date: 2007-01-05
Genre: Study Aids
The comprehensive postal test-prep guide that delivers through rain, sleet, and snow Now that the U.S. Postal Service has replaced its obsolete 470 test with the updated and more difficult 473 and 473C hiring exams, you need this book more than ever if you want to qualify for employment. It's packed with timed, skill-building drills to help you answer questions faster and more accurately.
Author: Norman Hall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008-08-17
Genre: Study Aids
The United States Postal Service is the nation's largest civilian employer. Yet 80 percent of all applicants fail the test. That's why readers look to Norman Hall's classic, comprehensive guide to the Battery 460 and 473 exams. This revised and updated third edition offers new test questions and exercises. Featuring information about various careers in the postal service and complete with a money back guarantee, this book is all readers need to pass!
Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job -- to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.
From Beethoven and Kafka to George Sand, Picasso and Agatha Christie, this compilation of letters, diaries and interviews reveals the profound fusion of discipline and dissipation through which the artistic temperament is allowed to evolve, recharge and emerge. 20,000 first printing.
Author: Mike Steib
Release Date: 2018
Genre: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
We all dream about having an important career and a life of purpose. But the old playbook is unsuited to the challenges of an increasingly complex and competitive professional world. We struggle to keep pace with our to-do lists, and we often feel tired, stressed, and incomplete. In The Career Manifesto, award-winning CEO Mike Steib shares a fresh approach to discovering your calling and creating an extraordinary life. With a combination of professional insights, multidisciplinary research, and hundreds of hands-on, field-tested tactics, this book will help you: Determine the purpose of your career and the impact you can have, Design a step-by-stop plan for achieving your most ambitious goals, Establish life-changing productivity and time-management skills, Build genuine relationships and cooperate well with others, Manage stress, attain balance, and enjoy the journey, For anyone who has the drive to achieve great things, especially those in the early stages of their professional journey or looking to find a new and better path, The Career Manifesto is the one book that will give you the jump start you need to transform your career and your life.