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The Compromise of 1877 harmed the former slaves. It did so because it ended Reconstruction. During Reconstruction, the North had imposed relatively true democracy on the South. It had protected African Americans and their political and social rights. But the Southern whites as a group generally hated Reconstruction and hated the fact that the freed slaves had political rights. Once the Compromise of 1877 ended Reconstruction, the governments of the Southern states started to take away the rights that the freed slaves had enjoyed. In this way, the compromise hurt the former slaves.
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