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What political and economic factors helped lead to the end of Reconstruction in 1877?

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There were a few political and economic factors that combined in the 1870s to bring about an end to Reconstruction. The Hayes-Tilden Compromise is often seen as the final point that brought an end to Reconstruction, as it led to the removal of the US army from the South. Other factors that contributed to the end of Reconstruction were the Panic of 1873 and political corruption in the United States.

In the 1870s, corruption became a noticeable problem at multiple levels of the US government. Corrupt political bosses, such as Boss Tweed, ran American cities. As this corruption became evident, many people, especially in the North, began focusing on corruption, and less attention was given to protecting rights for free African Americans. At the national level, President Grant's Secretary of Treasury was involved in the Whiskey Ring Scandal, while his Vice President was forced to resign because of the Crédit Mobilier Scandal. Other Republican legislators were also caught up in the Crédit...

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