Off the Shelf: Michael F. Holt

March 20, 2009 — Michael F. Holt, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, "By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876." University Press of Kansas.

The 1876 election saw the highest voter turnout of any in U.S. history — a whopping 82 percent — and also the narrowest margin of victory, as a single electoral vote decided the outcome. With electoral votes disputed in three states, a Democrat winning the popular vote and the Supreme Court stepping in to overrule Florida court decisions, the presidential election of 1876 was an eerie precursor to that of 2000. Rutherford Hayes' defeat of Samuel Tilden has been dubbed the "fraud of the century"; now one of America's preeminent political historians digs deeper to unravel its real significance.