The politics of inertia; by Keith Ian Polakoff
The election of 1876 and the end of Reconstruction

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Because the election of 1876 represented an important turning point in American history and was marked by a dramatic electoral crisis, a substantial body of historical literature exists on the subject. Historians have generally focused on the electoral controversy or treated the election in the larger context of Reconstruction. In this book, Keith Ian Polakoff presents the first comprehensive study of the actual campaign. The Politics of Inertia carefully details the events leading to the respective nominations of Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden and the presidential campaign on both the national and state levels, as well as the ensuing electoral stalemate and controversy.

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Published January 1, 1973 by Louisiana State University Press. 343 pages
Genres: . Non-fiction