Congress Counts: The 1876 Election’s Lasting Impact

The disputed election between Hayes and Tilden in 1876 is an infamous part of American history.  It created a tense environment where both sides talked of a return to war.  While war didn’t come, and perhaps was not going to come in an environment of post-Civil War aversion to war, there was a deal made to avoid bloodshed.   Or was there a deal at all?  And if there was, was it really cut in a room in a hotel?  And what does the 1876 election tell us about today.  We look at all these things.