1865-1877, rebuilding and readmitting the southern states

Federal Actions Affecting Reconstruction

Reactions Against Reconstruction

The Compromise of 1877

The Compromise of 1877 was a political compromise attached to irregular electoral results from the presidential election of 1876. This compromise violated Constitutional procedures for a president should be chosen when no candidate received a majority in the electoral college.

Through the Compromise of 1877 all troops were removed form the south allowing widespread discrimination against former slaves and, in return, the Republican candidate was given the presidency.

This compromise signaled by the end of reconstruction and the failure of reconstruction.