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University Press of Kansas

The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes

The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes

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This new interpretation of the Hayes administration contradicts the widely held view that Hayes was an inept politician and an ineffective leader. Hoogenboom argues that it was Hayes's character and personality that set his presidency apart in the Gilded Age.

This volume covers all issues, decisions, and developments during the Hayes presidency--from the withdrawal of troops from Louisiana and South Carolina that signalled the end of Reconstruction, through the Great Strike of 1877--the most violent general strike in American history--and the Nez Perce War, to the struggle for civil service reform and the fight to preserve voting rights.

Hoogenboom credits Hayes with being a patient reformer, principled but practical, cautious yet courageous. His honesty and decency echoed the pristine values of the early American Republic, while his attempts to rally support by emphasizing issues and policies--rather than by relying on political organization--anticipated the style of twentieth-century presidents.

Author: Ari Hoogenboom
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Published: 10/17/1988
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.44h x 6.22w x 1.05d
ISBN: 9780700603381
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