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Lynch challenged Rhodes in a 1917 article, "Some Historical Errors of James Ford Rhodes".<ref name="lynch">[http://www.jstor.org/stable/2713394?seq=1 John R. Lynch, "Some Historical Errors of James Ford Rhodes"], ''The Journal of Negro History'', Vol. 2, No. 4, Oct., 1917</ref> For instance, he wrote:
<blockquote>"the reader of Mr. Rhodes' history cannot fail to see that he believed it was a grave mistake to have given the colored men at the South the right to vote, and in order to make the alleged historical facts harmonize with his own views upon this point, he took particular pains to magnify the virtues and minimize the faults of the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democrats]] and to magnify the faults and minimize the virtues of the [[Republican Party (United States)|Republicans]], the colored men especially."<ref name="lynch353"><ref>Lynch (1917), "Errors", p.353</ref></blockquote>
In book VI, pp.&nbsp;35–40, Rhodes stated, "[Thaddeus] Stevens' [[Reconstruction Acts]], ostensibly in the interest of freedom, were an attack on civilization...[and] did not show wise constructive statesmanship in forcing unqualified Negro Suffrage on the South".<ref>Rhodes 1920</ref> To this assertion, Lynch responded that the acts allowed some time for transition away from the society that was built on slavery. He wrote,
<blockquote>"But for the adoption of the Congressional plan of Reconstruction and the subsequent legislation of the nation along the same line, the [[abolitionism|abolition]] of slavery through the ratification of the [[13th Amendment to the United States Constitution|13th Amendment]] would have been in name only, a legal and constitutional myth."<ref name="lynch362-363"><ref>Lynch (1917), "Error", pp. 362-363</ref></blockquote>That same year, Lynch published his own account, ''Facts about Reconstruction'' (1917).
Rhodes became a member of the [[American Historical Association]]. He was elected as [[American Historical Association#Past presidents|its president]] in 1899 for the customary one-year term.