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1870s

1870s

The trends of the previous decade continued into this one, as new empires, imperialism and militarism rose in Europe and Asia. The United States was recovering from the American Civil War, though the Reconstruction era introduced its own legacies of bitterness and racial segregation in the country. Germany unified as a nation in 1871 and began its Second Reich. Changing social conditions led workforces to cooperate in the form of labor unions in order to demand better pay and working conditions, with strikes occurring worldwide in the later part of the decade and continuing until World War I. The decade was also a period of significant technological advancement; the phonograph, telephone, and electric light bulb were all invented during the 1870s, though it would take several more decades before they became household items.1

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The Supreme Court Rules in Reynolds v. United States making it a Crime to Practice Polygamy

The Supreme Court Rules in Reynolds v. United States making it a Crime to Practice Polygamy

Reynolds v. United States (1878) was a test case put forward by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) in an attempt to prove that the Morrill Act of 1862 was a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. It was the first of a series of cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Mormons’ First ...
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The Posse Comitatus Act of the U.S. is Signed into Law by Rutherford B. Hayes

The Posse Comitatus Act of the U.S. is Signed into Law by Rutherford B. Hayes

The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law signed on June 18, 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States. It was passed as an amendment to an army appropriation ...
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The Execution of the Molly Maguire's Begins

The Execution of the Molly Maguire’s Begins

It was the largest mass execution of any group by the US federal government in history. Between 1877 and 1879 20 Irishmen known as the Molly Maguires, a labor movement working and organizing in the Pennsylvania coal fields were executed. Among them was John Kehoe King of the Mollies who was pardoned fully 101 years later. What took place back then, according to historian Harold Aurand, ...
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The Compromise of 1877: Rutherford B Hayes Becomes President After Lopsided Loss due to Governors not Conceding, Electoral Commission Partisan 8-7 Vote

The Compromise of 1877: Rutherford B Hayes Becomes President After Lopsided Loss due to Governors not Conceding, Electoral Commission Partisan 8-7 Vote

On the evening of election day, November 7, 1876, the infamous civil war General, Daniel Sickles, circled by the Republican National Headquarters in DC after attending the theater, to check the election results. The headquarters were vacant. The election was all but over and both candidates assumed Samuel Tilden, the Democrat, had won. Tilden had secured 184 of the needed 185 electoral votes. The only states left to report ...
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James Garfield Stated at America's 100th Anniversary: "the People are Responsible for the Character of their Congress. "If that Body be... Corrupt, it is Because the People Tolerate ...Corruption."

James Garfield Stated at America’s 100th Anniversary: “the People are Responsible for the Character of their Congress. “If that Body be… Corrupt, it is Because the People Tolerate …Corruption.”

As a congressman, James Garfield had stated at the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1876: "Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these ...
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The Battle of Little Bighorn: The Myth of Custer's Last Stand

The Battle of Little Bighorn: The Myth of Custer’s Last Stand

This battle was an armed engagement between combined forces of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The battle, which resulted in the defeat of U.S. forces, was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876. It took place on June 25–26, 1876, along the Little Bighorn River in the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana Territory. The fight was an overwhelming victory for ...
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Alexander Graham Bell, who Stole the Invention from Antonio Meucci, Patents the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell, who Stole the Invention from Antonio Meucci, Patents the Telephone

(Wikipedia) By 1874, Bell's initial work on the harmonic telegraph had entered a formative stage, with progress made both at his new Boston "laboratory" (a rented facility) and at his family home in Canada a big success. While working that summer in Brantford, Bell experimented with a "phonautograph", a pen-like machine that could draw shapes of sound waves on smoked glass by tracing their vibrations. Bell thought ...
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The Theosophical Society was Officially Formed in NYC by Helena Blavatsky and others as 'an Unsectarian Body of Seekers after Truth'

The Theosophical Society was Officially Formed in NYC by Helena Blavatsky and others as ‘an Unsectarian Body of Seekers after Truth’

On the southern edge of Madras, India’s fourth largest city, nestled between the sea and one of the city’s busiest boulevards, is a sprawling, well-wooded compound known locally as Adyar. For more than 100 years, Adyar has been the international headquarters of the Theosophical Society, a worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion of Eastern religious thought and the occult. Nowadays, Adyar is chiefly famous among Madrassis ...
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Violent Democrats Murdered Two Dozen Republicans in Coushatta Massacre

Violent Democrats Murdered Two Dozen Republicans in Coushatta Massacre

This day of 1874, two dozen politically-active Republicans were murdered by the White League, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Democratic Party. Some victims were shot, some hanged, and some hacked to death. Slavery Party thugs, then as now, were hell-bent on eliminating the GOP. Two years later, Democrats gained control of Louisiana and incorporated their White League into the state militia. Video via Grand Old Partisan ...
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Susan B. Anthony cast her Vote on Election Day — Illegally

Susan B. Anthony cast her Vote on Election Day — Illegally

The tactics of the suffragists went beyond petitions and memorials to Congress. Testing another strategy, Susan B. Anthony registered and voted in the 1872 election in Rochester, NY. As planned, she was arrested for "knowingly, wrongfully and unlawfully vot[ing] for a representative to the Congress of the United States," convicted by the State of New York, and fined $100, which she insisted she would never pay ...
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