Nathaniel Hawthorne’s take on the spoils system

His preface to ‘The Scarlet Letter’ reminds us of what’s in store now

“TO THE VICTORS belong the spoils.”  So clucked a happy supporter of President Andrew Jackson in 1831, but the divvying of spoils after some kind of victory probably dates to ancient times.  Perhaps the most famous (and certainly the most literary) local political sacking was that of Nathaniel Hawthorne from his post as surveyor of(...)

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