Breaking new ground here on the blog with our first-ever book review, having already posted one movie review by guest blogger Marissa Gandelman. This book was written by NAM Vice President of Media Relations Hank Cox. That’s him in the picture standing next to the blogger -in-chief at one of his many book signing. He’s the guy on the right.
As Hank says, so much has been written about Lincoln, but this really is one aspect of his life and his Presidency that hasn’t received much historical attention, occurring as it did during other momentous events of his Presidency and the Civil War. After Sioux warriors slaughtered scores of settlers in Minnesota, some 303 warriors were sentenced to death. Lincoln intervened personally to review the cases of the condemned men, commuting all but 38 of the death sentences. As you might imagine, this was a wildly unpopular political decision but Lincoln was unmoved. “I could not hang men for votes”, he said famously.
This book is a good read and tells a great historical tale. The accounts of the brutality of the Sioux rampage are graphic and spare no details. With that one caveat (i.e., not exactly bedtime reading for the kiddies), it provides a missing piece of the Nation’s history and a morality tale for all ages.
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