The Troubled Resurgence of the Confederate Flag

Chris Springer looks at how the Confederate Flag has become a symbol of 20th-century rebellion.

Three versions of the flag of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate Battle Flag are shown on this printed poster from 1896. Standing at the center are Stonewall Jackson, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee,
Three versions of the flag of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate Battle Flag are shown on this printed poster from 1896. Standing at the center are Stonewall Jackson, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee,

Over 150 years after Appomattox, the last casualty of the American Civil War still awaits a final rest. The emblem of Southern rebellion – the Confederate battle flag – soldiers on, pressed back into service for an unlikely cause. Today the 'rebel flag' is a ubiquitous fixture of popular culture, worn on jackets and T-shirts by hundreds of thousands from Honolulu to Moscow and beyond.

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