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Lectures and Articles Related to the Salem Custom House

Lectures and Articles Related to the Salem Custom House

Custom House
Custom House (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 
  • "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J. Dawson
    Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986, vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)

    In this article, Hugh Dawson argues that in the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter, "The Custom-House," Hawthorne uses the Custom House eagle as part of his satire on the political machine responsible for his firing from his position as surveyor of the Salem Custom House.


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