Civil War Institute
When I first learned about the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state building in July of 2015, I was angry like many other people. For me, it wasn’t about the actual removal of the flag, but rather the arguments sparked around it. I understood not flying the flag on a state building; as such a building represents state and country, and the Confederate flag symbolizes neither the United States nor South Carolina. However, I didn’t understand the public hatred towards the flag.
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Ortman, Olivia J., "Finding Meaning in the Flag: Contextualizing the Confederate Flag" (2017). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 171.