What impact did the presidential election of 1876 have on the Reconstruction movement?

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Basically, the election of 1876 put an end to the Reconstruction movement.

In this election, neither the Republican candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes, and the Democratic candidate, Samuel Tilden, gained a clear cut victory.  Tilden won the popular vote, but there was a dispute over the electoral votes of four states.  An electoral commission was eventually created to resolve the impasse.  The commission ended up declaring Hayes the winner but it is widely believed that a deal was made in which Reconstruction was ended in exchange for the Republicans getting the presidency.

After this election, Reconstruction ended and it is generally said that the end came as a result of the deal that resolved this disputed election.

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