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Compromise Of 1877 Significance

What was significant about the Compromise of 1877?

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The Compromise of 1877 was an informal agreement that ended the turmoil surrounding the contested presidential election of 1876. Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic candidate, won the popular vote by nearly a quarter million votes. However, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes won the electoral college. To complicate matters more, the vote counts of three southern states, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, were in dispute. The matter of determining the next president went unresolved for four months.

To end the uncertainty and the turmoil, a deal was struck in which the Southern Democrats in Congress agreed not to block the nomination of Hayes if federal troops were removed from Louisiana and South Carolina, the final two states that had failed to provide constitutional protections for former slaves. The Southern Democrats promised to protect the rights of African Americans. However, without the threat of intervention by federal troops, they did not uphold this part of the compromise. This...

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Compromise of 1877 was crucial because its what ended the Reconstruction era. The Republicans abandoned their commitment to racial equality. For example the Civil Rights Act of 1875 guaranteed equal accommodations in public places and prohibited racial discrimination in jury selection. The law was not enforced. It definitely ended congressional reconstruction. Compromise of 1877 was also when the Democrats agreed that Hayes would take office. The Republicans agreed to withdraw all federal troops from the South. Hayes promised to appoint at least one southerner to his cabinet. The Republicans agreed to support internal improvements in the South.