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Replay of White Supremacy and Trump's Thumping by Joe Biden

Electoral disputes and the Compromise of 1877

How the 1876 Election Tested the Constitution and Effectively Ended Reconstruction

Disputed returns and secret back-room negotiations put Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the White House--and Democrats back in control of the South.

Dismantling Reconstruction

At the same time, key decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court struck at the protections afforded by Reconstruction-era constitutional amendments and legislation. The Court's decision in the Slaughterhouse Cases (1873), established that the 14th Amendment applied only to former slaves, and protected only rights granted by the federal government, not by the states.

Three years later, in United States v. Cruikshank, the Supreme Court overturned the convictions of three white men convicted in connection with the massacre of more than 100 Black men in Colfax, Louisiana in 1873, as part of a political dispute. The men had been convicted of violating the 1870 Enforcement Act, which banned conspiracies to deny citizens' constitutional rights and had been intended to combat violence by the Ku Klux Klan against Black people in the South.

The Supreme Court's ruling--that the 14th Amendment's promise of due process and equal protection covered violations of citizens' rights by the states, but not by individuals--would make prosecuting anti-Black violence increasingly difficult, even as the Klan and other white supremacist groups were helping to disenfranchise Black voters and reassert white control of the South.

... giving Hayes a 185-184 electoral vote victory; the Congressional commission adjourned on March 2. Hayes privately took the oath of office the next day and was publicly sworn into office on March 5, 1877, and Hayes was inaugurated without disturbance. (President Ulysses S. Grant had quietly strengthened the military force in and around Washington)  

Once again the United (?) States is in need of repair and reconstruction. The shining hill ... etc. fools!

The American Century - End of Exceptionalism

by Oui on Sun Nov 22nd, 2020 at 08:06:27 AM EST

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