Subversive Historian – 03/02/09

{Hayes: I solemnly swear to sell out the cause of black freedom so help me god!}

The Dubious Election of Rutherford B. Hayes

Back in the day on March 2nd, 1877, Republican Presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of a controversial election in which his opponent won the popular vote. As with all presidential contests, the Electoral College system determines the winner, and prior to a bi-partisan commission, Hayes trailed his opponent in that regard as well with four states hotly contested. Taking place in the backdrop of post-Civil War radical reconstruction in the South, the composition of the commission was set to return a vote that would declare Hayes the winner. Prior to this political reality and after a number of delays, members of both the Republicans and the Democrats met at Wormley Hotel in Washington D.C. to hammer out the so-called Compromise of 1877.

As Hayes eventually became President, his political concessions became apparent as he ended Reconstruction and pulled troops from the South. The real compromise, as it had always been, was on black freedom.

*Note: “Subversive Historian,” is back after a regretable hiatus!

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2 responses to “Subversive Historian – 03/02/09

  1. Welcome back, Gabriel. I’m following/promoting your blog through the Facebook Application “Networked Blogs” now. It’s handy-dandy.

  2. Thank you! Readership here as increased steadily the past few months, and I truly appreciate any efforts to continue that trend!

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