By the end of the rebellion,thousands of the Sioux were imprisoned by the Union Army.
General Pope convened a series of military trials that condemned 303 of the Sioux men to death.
He then turned to Lincoln for approval.
Now, Lincoln, who doesn’t like Indians very much anyway,
is prepared to give the Minnesotans a blood sacrifice of Sioux,
but because of outside foreign influence he doesn’t want to be seen to hang 303 Sioux all at once,
because they’ve only had trials lasting about 10 to 15 minutes.
And so he decides he’ll hang 39.Lincoln as executioner.
This is an image of America’s secular saint that most Americans find deeply uncomfortable,
and Lincoln’s role in the story of the Sioux uprising has often been brushed under the historical carpet or explained away.
而林肯在苏族人起义中所扮演的角色 经常被历史所略过 或者含混的解释过去
Now, his defenders say, “What a nice man, he didn’t hang 303,
现在 他的拥趸们会说 他真是个好人啊 他没有绞死303个人
“he only hangs 39,” despite the fact that they haven’t had any fair trials.
I’m not defending Lincoln, but what is he supposed to do?
Is he supposed to eliminate all of the executions,
is he supposed to allow the Sioux that are deemed guilty of the uprising,
is he supposed to set them free?
I mean, he could do that,we would like him to do that,that would be political suicide.
他可以那样做 我们也希望他那样做 但那意味着他政治生涯的消亡