By Roy Jr. Morris,Jr. Roy Morris
In this significant paintings of renowned heritage and scholarship, acclaimed historian and biographer Roy Morris, Jr., tells the extreme tale of ways, in America's centennial 12 months, the presidency was once stolen, the Civil warfare used to be virtually reignited, and black american citizens have been consigned to just about 90 years of legalized segregation within the South.
The sour 1876 contest among Ohio Republican governor Rutherford B. Hayes and ny Democratic governor Samuel J. Tilden is the main sensational, ethically sordid, and legally questionable presidential election in American heritage. the 1st on the grounds that Lincoln's in 1860 during which the Democrats had a true probability of recapturing the White apartment, the election was once in many ways the final conflict of the Civil battle, because the events fought to maintain or overturn what were made up our minds by means of armies simply 11 years previous.
Riding a wave of renowned revulsion on the a variety of scandals of the provide management and a gradual economic system, Tilden got a few 260,000 extra votes than his opponent. yet contested returns in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina finally resulted in Hayes's being declared the winner through a specifically created, Republican-dominated Electoral fee after 4 annoying months of political intrigue and threats of violence. President furnish took the threats heavily: he ordered armed federal troops into the streets of Washington to maintain the peace.
Morris brings to existence the entire colourful personalities and excessive drama of this such a lot extraordinary -- and mostly forgotten -- election. He provides brilliant snap shots of the bachelor legal professional Tilden, a prosperous ny sophisticate whose ardour for fresh executive propelled him to the very breaking point of the presidency, and of Hayes, a kin guy whose midwestern simplicity masked a crafty political brain. We commute to Philadelphia, the place the Centennial Exhibition celebrated America's commercial may perhaps and democratic beliefs, and to the nation's heartland, the place Republicans waged a cynical yet potent "bloody blouse" crusade to tar the Demo-crats, once more, because the get together of disunion and rebellion.
Morris dramatically recreates the suspenseful occasions of election evening, whilst either applicants went to mattress believing Tilden had gained, and a one-legged former Union military common, "Devil Dan" Sickles, stumped into Republican headquarters and swiftly improvised a devious plan to subvert the election within the 3 disputed southern states. We watch Hayes outmaneuver the interestingly passive Tilden and his supporters within the days following the election, and witness the late-night backroom maneuvering of social gathering leaders within the nation's capital, the place democracy itself was once finally subverted and the need of the folks thwarted.
Fraud of the Century provides compelling facts that fraud through Republican vote-counters within the 3 southern states, and particularly in Louisiana, robbed Tilden of the presidency. it truly is straight away a masterful instance of political reporting and an soaking up read.