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6. 7 The Compromise of 1877

In the Presidential elections of 1876, Democrats had raised several events or charges of irregularities in the southern states: Louisiana, South Carolina and Florida. Here the election boards had counted the popular votes for the post of President, in favor of the Republicans. The Democrats leveled the charge that the votes there had actually gone in their favor. The Democrats further questioned the legitimacy of a Republican election in Oregon.

To solve the crises, a commission was set up to decide all the cases in the favor of the Republicans. The dispute went on for several months. Finally the 2 parties came to a compromise. By this compromise, the Democrats agreed not to oppose the selectors. In return, the Republicans agreed that the new Republican government would remove all federal troops from the south. Further it would give political patronage to white southerners and also accept economic legislation that would favor southern states.

Hayes who had expressed sympathy for the rights of blacks during the elections, finally squandered their rights in the compromise of 1877. And all Republican efforts to protect Civil Rights in the South were washed out due to political expediency.

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Table of Contents

6.0 - Chronology of Major Events in this Period
6.1 - 14th Amendment to the Constitution
6.2 - The President's Impeachment
6.3 - The 15th Amendment
6.4 - Radical Reconstruction in the South
6.5 - The KU Klux Klan
6.6 - The Civil Rights Act
6.7 - The Compromise of 1877
6.8 - The Impact of Reconstruction
6.9 - Points to Remember

Chapter 7


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