Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

What the South most needs is "peace," and peace depends upon the supremacy of the law. There can be no enduring peace if the constitutional rights of any portion of the people are habitually disregarded.... All parts of the Constitution are sacred and must be sacredly observed—the parts that are new no less than the parts that are old. The moral and national prosperity of the Southern States can be most effectively advanced by a hearty and generous recognition of the rights of all, by all—a recognition without reserve or exception. With such a recognition fully accorded it will be practicable to promote, by the influence of all the legitimate agencies of the General Government, the efforts of the people of those States to obtain for themselves the blessings of honest and capable local government.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Gov. Hayes's Letter of Acceptance, July 8, 1876. Hand-book of Politics for 1876, p. 212, Edward McPherson, Da Capo Press, 1972.

Hayes coupled the promise of "home rule" with civil rights for blacks as well as whites.
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