It is little exaggeration to say that Grant failed at almost everything he tried to do while in the White House. Faced with Reconstruction, Grant tried to appease his supporters by pushing to give blacks the chance to vote. However, repeated and half-hearted attempts to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment and Fifteenth Amendment failed in the South, and Grant lacked the willpower to follow through. Even Congressional legislation failed to stop Ku Klux Klan violence in the South, as Grant could not make the laws stick. The Southern vote, not surprisingly, remained primarily white and allied with the Democratic Party against Grant. By 1872, Grant had managed to alienate many of his supporters. They joined with the Southern Democrats to support Horace Greeley for the Presidency–one of the worst miscalculations of political history that century. Greeley, the fire-breathing New York
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.