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    Betsy Akerson

    This is worth reading.

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    Maria Pascale Allen

    People really really need to read this and it’s origin.

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    AmberKhrystyne Fulkerson

    THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING PPL SHOULD READ IF NOT CORRECTLY EDUCATED IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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    Jeff Renner

    Your article is more than likely incorrect. The so-called “confederate flag” has its origins in the flag of the Army Of Tennessee. The Battle Flag Of Northern Virginia is square and has a border. It is highly unlikely that the popular culture who mistakenly used this flag would see the Virginia flag and bastardize it into the likeness of the flag of the Army Of Tennessee. People don’t do that. They see something and they use it as they found it. You are correct in that it was not used by popular culture as a symbol of the entire confederacy until the 1940s. Where would they get such a mistaken idea that the flag of AOT was the flag of the confederacy? Where popular culture gets everything? Popular media.

    A little further investigation into popular media uncovers that one of the most popular films of all time, Gone With The Wind (1939), used this flag in its depiction of the battle of Atlanta. To make his film authentic as possible, Selznick spent a year in the south. It is safe to assume that he would want the flags to be as authentic as possible as well. A little further investigation shows that the Battle Of Atlanta was fought between forces commanded by union General WT Sherman and confederate General JB Hood. At the time, General Hood was the Commander Of The Army Of Tennessee. It only stands to reason that Selznick would select the flag of the Army Of Tennessee for the depiction of the battle of Atlanta.

    I do not believe that the sudden emergence of this mistaken flag after the presentation of Gone With The Wind is a coincidence. I submit that the most likely origin of the modern, mistaken “confederate flag” was General Hood’s Army Of Tennessee flag depicted in Gone With The Wind in 1939.

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    Janice Liptak

    Although my heritage is not from the South, I understand the pride and loyalty to the South, since I have pride and loyalty to my own heritage (which is quite blended). This article gives a simplistic objective explanation of the history of the Confederate Flag and why it is so divisive in its interpretation and use.

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    James

    It is too bad that so many have been brainwashed/convinced that this flag should be their symbol of southern pride. IN reality, the people who took up arms against our government (and those who supported them) were treasonous, not heros. Ever since, that flag has been a symbol of racism and hate, but just like many southerners said the war was NOT about slavery, but states rights; well, they now try to pass the same argument about that flag. Each state has it’s own flag, always has. If southerners want a symbol of southern heritage, why not adopt their individual state flag. Heck, the original Confederate flag was similar to the U.S. flag, but with three thick bars an seven to thirteen stars (depending on the version). Why not gravitate to that? Time to move on. The swastika is a sacred symbol in many eastern and European religious cultures. It predates nazi Germany by thousands of years, but is now outlawed in Germany. It happens, get over it and move on.

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Daryl Worthington

Daryl Worthington

Daryl has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Royal Holloway University of London. He has always had a strong interest in writing, particularly about history, politics, the environment or culture. Originally from London, he currently lives in Riga, Latvia.

Alongside history he has a strong interest in environmental and political issues. He enjoys travelling, slowly learning how to speak Latvian and exploring the country’s distinct culture. His other passion is music. He has worked as a writer on the subject, as well as being a musician himself.

Daryl is interested in cultural, social and political history. He is fascinated by the role of cultural objects, whether novels, visual arts, events, music or even a past society’s reading of history, as means to reflect on times and people. His particular period of interest is modern history and he is keenly interested in the relationship between mainstream and counter cultures.

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