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1866-1885: We rebuild the Union and amend the Constitution

June 13, 1877
An election mess we can’t forget

Rutherford B. Hayes accepting his nomination

America won’t soon forget last year’s nerve-wracking election. Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford Hayes battling to a deadlock in the Electoral College. Violence against black voters. Officials charging fraud. Everyone asking, “Who won?”

Despite the cries of “Tilden or War!” both sides compromised. Congress appointed a commission to determine the outcome, and the transfer of power was peaceful. Rutherford Hayes is our new president.

But peace comes at a cost. President Hayes has promised to stop using troops to protect black voting rights in the South. Former slaves like Henry Adams say they’ve “lost all hopes.”

Read about it in the New York times

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