10 Dark Secrets Of Famous Historical Figures
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, has a big place in American history for ending slavery. Despite his historic status, he was not as nice as history books would have you believe.
Despite abolishing slavery, he did not see black people as equal. During the fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858, Lincoln said the following…
.”I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality”
He also ordered the biggest mass execution in the history of the United States when 38 Dakota Indians were sentenced to hanging in Mankato, Minnesota. One could argue that they deserved it after killing 490 settlers including women and children, a response to the settlers breaking their promise to deliver food and supplies to the natives in exchange for giving up their land.
Regardless of whether or not the execution was justified, it’s a stark contrast to Lincoln’s treatment of Confederate prisoners, only one of which was sentenced to death, despite them killing over 400,000 Union soldiers.