Chamberlain Decries the End of Republican Rule

The following is excerpted from Daniel Chamberlain’s address to the Republicans of South Carolina after President Hayes removed federal troops from the state, allowing Democrats to take over the state government.

Today—April 10, 1877—by order of the President whom your votes alone rescued from overwhelming defeat, the government of United States abandons you, and by the withdrawal of troops now protecting the state from domestic violence abandons the lawful government of the state to a struggle with insurrectionary forces too powerful to be resisted.1


  • 1 : In Dorothy Sterling, ed., The Trouble They Seen: The Story of Reconstruction in the Words of African Americans (Da Capo Press, 1994), 475–476.

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