Class Year

2015

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

2-2-2015

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

An ongoing and rather controversial debate in the Civil War world is that over the rightful placement of the Confederate battle flag in American memory. Being such a provocative symbol both in terms of history and race relations, its ‘true’ meaning and ‘true’ symbolism are constantly in flux. With recent disputes on the removal of the Confederate flag from Robert E. Lee’s tomb at Washington and Lee University making their way into the mainstream news, the complicated meaning of the rebel symbol and where it belongs in American memory have earned their places at the forefront of the national consciousness. [excerpt]

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This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.