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.