This day in history: December 26, 1862
Published December 26, 2016
MANKATO, MINNESOTA—On December 26, 1862 on the day after Christmas, 38 Dakota (Santee Sioux) were put to death by hanging. The deaths were ordered by President Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator.
The hangings were the result of the Dakota War of 1862, which terminated the rights of Dakota people from living in Minnesota at that time.
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