Rutherford B. Hayes
The American Presidents Series: The 19th President, 1877-1881
Publication Date: November 1, 2002
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The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which Congress set up a special electoral commission, handing the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, brings recent events to sharp focus.
Historian Hans L. Trefousse explores Haye's new relevance and reconsiders what many have seen as the pitfalls of his presidency. A great intellectual and one of our best-educated presidents, Hayes did much in the way of healing the nation and elevating the presidency.
Hans L. Trefousse, distinguished professor of history emeritus at Brooklyn College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a specialist in the historyof the Civik War and Reconstruction. He is the author of biograohies of leading figures of the period.
Series editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he has been a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He has won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.
Read by Ira Claffey.