Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876

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Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876

Author: Roy Morris, Jr.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 320
Cover Price: $ 21.95

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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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Background Information

Samuel J. Tilden was governor of New York and lost the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes in the hotly disputed election of 1876. The election of 1876 was controversial and corrupt, ending in a commission that declared Rutheford B. Hayes to be elected President.