Hofstadter's "The Spoilsmen"

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Andrew Golden Mr. Gruskin AP U.S. History 20 April 2007 Hofstadter’s “The Spoilsmen” The “Gilded Age” period from 1965 to 1901 hosted a large increase in political financial consumption, caused by the general increase in wealth throughout the United States from the vast spread of Industrialization. It was during the Gilded Age that the powerful force in American politics was the yearning for political office and for this position as a means of personal gain for politicians. The renowned historian, Richard Hofstadter's “The Spoilsmen”, in essence, serves not only as an analysis, but as a direct recording of his personal beliefs of the late nineteenth century political monster and its values and performance. The essay’s title alone succeeds in expressing Hofstadter’s feelings toward these political monsters as “spoilsmen,” or men who use their own power, authority, and position for self service and financial gain, and who seek or share a part in political spoils. Hofstadter concluded that spoilsmen saw the possession of political authority as a way of getting closer to the spoils and wealth involved in politics. His understanding of the captains of industry paralleled these beliefs, in that the leaders of the industrial world became wealthy in similar ways and held similar principles. Never
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