A group of students at University of Wisconsin used the recent Indigenous People’s Day to try to discredit Abraham Lincoln. They covered a monumental statue of the 16th President with derisive signs and staged a “Die-In” in front of it.
“Let’s be real,” said a protest leader. “He owned slaves, and ordered the execution of native men.” Actually, he stopped the execution of native men: in December, 1862, after military tribunals convicted 303 Sioux warriors of rape and murder for slaughtering more than 800 Minnesota civilians in the so-called “Dakota War”, Lincoln commuted sentences of 264 of them. He allowed punishment only for those who had brutalized non-combatants, not the fighters who killed 77 U.S. soldiers in the midst of the Civil War.
And as to the charge that Lincoln owned slaves: he never did, and from boyhood always hated the evil institution. It’s also evil for America-hating activists to deploy false, ignorant charges to tarnish the legacy of our greatest president.
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