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The president and the bishop

Creator Niebuhr, Gustav. Summary "In the tradition of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals comes Gustav Niebuhr's compelling history of Abraham Lincoln's decision in to spare the lives of condemned Sioux men, and the Episcopal bishop who was his moral compass, helping guide the president's conscience. More than a century ago, during the formative years of the American nation, Protestant churches carried powerful moral authority, giving voice to values such as mercy and compassion, while boldly standing against injustice and immorality.

Gustav Niebuhr travels back to this defining period, to explore Abraham Lincoln's decision to spare the lives of Sioux men sentenced to die by a military tribunal in Minnesota for warfare against white settlers--while allowing the hanging of 38 others, the largest single execution on American soil. Popular opinion favored death or expulsion.

Though he'd never met an Indian until he was 37 years old, Whipple befriended them before the massacre and understood their plight at the hands of corrupt government officials and businessmen. After their trial, he pleaded with Lincoln to extend mercy and implement true justice. Bringing to life this little known event and this extraordinary man, Niebuhr pays tribute to the once amazing moral force of mainline Protestant churches and the practitioners who guarded America's conscience.

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The government annuity payment due in was late, exacerbating conditions, and in August four Dakotas killed four white men and one woman. It seems to have been a spur-of-the-moment act, but it immediately exploded into a war to drive the whites from Minnesota. Niebuhr relates the stories of that war in a manner that allows readers to understand both the terror felt by the whites in their isolated farms and towns—especially since many able-bodied men were off fighting the Confederates—and the prior events that prompted the Dakotas to go to war to reclaim their lands.

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Horrendous tales of murder, torture and gang rape spread quickly among the whites; some were true, others were not. The latter fact seemed to make little difference in the bloodlust that followed the suppression of the uprising. Many, many Minnesotans agreed, including the political leaders of the state.

In this lynch-mob atmosphere, Whipple went to Washington and used his pre-war connections to arrange an audience with Lincoln. The bishop was not there to beg total clemency for the accused Indians; he had treated some of the wounded white victims and felt justice demanded retribution against those who truly were guilty of crimes. Reforming the OIA was the goal of his visit. This visit occurred during Robert E. Whipple, by the way, visited the battlefield along Antietam Creek and spent the night in the tent of his old friend from Chicago, General McClellan.

Whipple wrote letters to political leaders and to newspapers, calling for fair treatment of the Indians and urging de-escalation of the demand for their blood.