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Fraud of the Century Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876 (Paperback)

Author:  Roy Morris
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743255526
ISBN-13: 9780743255523
Sku: 33940716
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  320
 
The bitter 1876 contest between Ohio Republican Governor Rutherford B. Hayes and New York Democratic Governor Samuel Tilden was the most

sensational and corrupt presidential election in American history. It was also, in many ways, the final battle of the Civil War. Although Tilden received some 265,000 more popular votes than his opponent, and needed only one more electoral vote for victory, contested returns in three southern states still under Republican-controlled Reconstruction governments ultimately led to Hayes's being declared the winner after four tense months of brazen political intrigue and threats of violence that brought armed troops into the streets of the nation's capital.

In this major work of popular history and scholarship, Roy Morris, Jr., takes readers to Philadelphia in America's centennial year, where millions celebrated the nation's industrial might and democratic ideals; to the nation's heartland, where Republicans refought the Civil War by waging a cynical "bloody shirt" campaign to tar the Democrats as the party of disunion and rebellion; and finally into the smoke-filled back rooms of Washington, D.C., where the will of the people was thwarted and the newly won rights of four million former slaves were ignored, leading to nearly ninety years of legalized segregation in the South.

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A lively history of the sensational politics and misdeeds that surrounded the presidential election of Rutherford B. Hayes cites the Civil War aftermath that contributed to political chicanery, the contested returns that rendered Hayes's victory questionable, and the roles played by numerous personalities.The bitter 1876 contest between Ohio Republican Governor Rutherford B. Hayes and New York Democratic Governor Samuel Tilden was the most

sensational and corrupt presidential election in American history. It was also, in many ways, the final battle of the Civil War. Although Tilden received some 265,000 more popular votes than his opponent, and needed only one more electoral vote for victory, contested returns in three southern states still under Republican-controlled Reconstruction governments ultimately led to Hayes's being declared the winner after four tense months of brazen political intrigue and threats of violence that brought armed troops into the streets of the nation's capital.

In this major work of popular history and scholarship, Roy Morris, Jr., takes readers to Philadelphia in America's centennial year, where millions celebrated the nation's industrial might and democratic ideals; to the nation's heartland, where Republicans refought the Civil War by waging a cynical "bloody shirt" campaign to tar the Democrats as the party of disunion and rebellion; and finally into the smoke-filled back rooms of Washington, D.C., where the will of the people was thwarted and the newly won rights of four million former slaves were ignored, leading to nearly ninety years of legalized segregation in the South.

A lively history of the sensational politics and misdeeds that surrounded the presidential election of Rutherford B. Hayes cites the Civil War aftermath that contributed to political chicanery, the contested returns that rendered Hayes's victory questionable, and the roles played by numerous personalities. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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A study of the 1876 presidential election in which a congressional commission was established to sort out the contested results in several states. Although it is generally agreed that Samuel Tilden probably won the popular vote, Rutherford B. Hayes prevailed in the electoral college--by one vote! Historian Morris recounts the dirty tricks and wheeling and dealing, as well as the high character displayed by the two candidates.

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"One of the nation's darkest chapters, brilliantly exhumed and analyzed...." 12/15/2003

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