EIU Teaching with Primary Sources
A look at some events that took place during the run of the Railway Post Office. Images and links take you to information and resources on EIU TPS, Library of Congress, National Postal Museum Railway Mail Service and other sites.
Stage coach contractors awarded $400 per year to carry mail on railroads.
At this time...
- American Memory Timeline -National Expansion and Reform (1818-1880)
- America's Library Jump Back in Time - Western Expansion and Reform (1829-1859)
- President Andrew Jackson is reelected. (photo from By Popular Demand: Portraits of Presidents and First Ladies, American Memory)
Illinois Historical Events:
- Abraham Lincoln served in the Black Hawk War.
- Battle of Kellogg's Grove.
- Black Hawk attacked Apple River Fort.
U.S. Historical Events:
- Supreme Court ruled that the state of Georgia could take away the Cherokee Indian's land, beginning the Trail of Tears.
- John C. Calhoun becomes the first vice-president to resign.
- First recorded railroad accident, Quincy, Massachusetts.
U.S. Cultural Events:
- Author Louisa May Alcott was born.
- Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was born.
- John Smith was tarred and feathered.