Ghosts of DC is one of our compatriots. Check out their post “Election Day 1876: Shakespeare at the National, Real Estate Listings and Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden” HERE.
To nearly every modern historian the election of Rutherford B. Hayes marks the end of Reconstruction with the final withdrawal of Federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. Everyone likes to dump on President Hayes, including President Obama (and reportedly President Reagan before him). But in studying Hayes I’ve found that, as is true with anything and everything, there are nuances and complexities to the man who appointed Frederick Douglass US Marshal of the District of Columbia and stuck with him even against a groundswell of support calling for Douglass’ removal.
For those out there asking about the “Exodusters” question vis-à-vis Hayes and Douglass … we will get back to you soon.
In the meantime, check out our friend’s post HERE