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The History of the Confederate Flag and why it is Controversial Today

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The History of the Confederate Flag and why it is Controversial Today The Confederate Flag can represent many things, things such as history, remembrance, symbolism, and racism. Everything has a history, telling the story of the creation, meaning, and effects on society. The Confederate Flag is the most controversial flag in present day society. Cause of use range from pride to racism. The Birth of the Confederate Flag The Congress of the Confederate States of America (CSA) met to establish a Confederate flag. The first flag was the "Stars and Bars", first flown in March 1861. The flag consisted of a circle of 7 stars on a blue background and three large bars of red, white, and red. The 7 stars represented the states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas being a part of the Confederate union. "Even though there was support of a flag that was similar to the "Stars and Stripes" flag of the U.S., the "Stars and Bars" design was approved by the committee".1 In May of 1861, two stars, making a total of 9 stars total, were added with the addition of Virginia and Arkansas as part of the Confederate union. ...read more.

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Just as the Confederate did not believe the Constitution of the United States did not represent them. Those who believe in the "white power" belief such has the Ku Klux Klan symbolize the Confederate Flag has white supremacy over other races. The Confederate Flag is mostly used in radical groups who bring social disruption into communities in regards to racial diversity. These groups use the Confederate basis of racial segregation. Usage of the Confederate Flag in the Civil War The Confederate Flag is a version of the "Battle Flag" used by the Confederate Union. It was used as representation of the Confederate's deficiency of the Union states. The Confederate was a government that wanted to preserve slavery. The first Confederate flag, the "Stars and Stripe", was first official used in the inauguration of Jefferson Davis in the Confederate Presidency. The "Battle Flag" was used because its predecessor looked similar to the Union flag and caused confusion among soldiers. Many versions of the flag were used during the Civil War. "...the Civil War itself was a symbol for America's Boarder struggle over race".7 The Confederate's defense of slavery poses that the "Battle Flag" is "inherently associated with slavery"8 Usage of the Confederate Flag in Politics Debates on the Confederate Flags being flown above capitol buildings often come in politics. ...read more.

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Freedom of speech, expression, and action all spread in a board category of American Rights. These rights should not go without regulation and the respect of justice. No expression should be used to disrespect or harm another human being or group of people in an unjust way. Notes 1. John Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem (USA: Harvard University Press, 2005), 4-5. 2. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 7. 3. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 8. 4. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 17-18. 5. Devereaux Cannon, The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History (China: Pelican Publishing, 1994), 1-2. 6. Allen Tate, The Fathers (Athens, Georgia: Swallow Press, 1984), 22. 7. Micheal Prince, Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!: South Carolina and the Confederate Flag (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2004), 5. 8. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 26. 9. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 303. 10. William Richardson, Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South (Florida: University Press of Florida, 2000), 7. 11. Coski, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem, 157. 12. Richardson, Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South, 7. ...read more.

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