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19th Rutherford B Hayes-Republican 1877-1881

  • When he lost the popular vote but won a very disputed Electoral College vote, he agreed that if he was to become president he would end all federal military occupation of the South.
  • This deal would have horrible ramifications for blacks. Within months you start to see the Origins of Jim Crow Laws. These laws prevented blacks from voting, prevented intermarriage, and allowed separate (but unequal) accommodations

In hindsight, obviously any Blacks that voted for this guy made a mistake. But I’m sure the Democrat option was bad too. This is about 12 years after the civil war and Republicans are starting to give up on supporting blacks. Hierarchy amongst the races became more broadly¬† accepted.¬†

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