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An estimated 500,000 former slaves gave Grant his margin of victory. To remain in power, the Republican party somehow had to continue to control the South—and to keep the ballot in the hands of the grateful freedmen. ” *The expression is said to have derived from a speech by Representative Benjamin F. Butler of Massachusetts, who allegedly waved before the House the bloodstained nightshirt of a Klan-flogged carpetbagger. 437 438 CHAPTER 23 Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869–1896 THE ERA OF GOOD STEALINGS A few skunks can pollute a large area.

Some reformers, unable to swallow Blaine, bolted to the Democrats. ”* Victory-starved Democrats turned enthusiastically to a noted reformer, Grover Cleveland. A burly bachelor with a soup-straining mustache and a taste for chewing *Latter-day punsters gibed that the Mugwumps were priggish politicians who sat on the fence with their “mugs” on one side and their “wumps” on the other. 449 450 CHAPTER 23 Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869–1896 tobacco, Cleveland was a solid but not brilliant lawyer of forty-seven.

His one presidential vote had been cast for the Democratic ticket in 1856. A better judge of horseflesh than of humans, his cultural background was breathtakingly narrow. He once reportedly remarked that Venice (Italy) would be a fine city if only it were drained. The Republicans, freed from the Union party coalition of war days, enthusiastically nominated Grant for the presidency in 1868. The party’s platform sounded a clarion call for continued Reconstruction of the South under the glinting steel of federal bayonets.

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