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6 Facts About the Confederate Flag

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 06:08 PM

The Confederate flag has been a source of controversy across the country, and many are debating the facts about the flag's history and its place in the United States today.

Here are a few facts about the the Confederate flag and its place in American history:

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1. The origin – The Southern Cross flag actually was not the flag of the Confedereacy during the Civil War, but instead was flown by several units, including that of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, according to CNN.

2. After the war – The United Confederate Veterans adopted the flag after the war, which is when it became generally thought of as standing for the Confederacy, CNN said.

3. Resurgence by the Democratic Party in the late 1940s – When South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond ran for president as part of the new States Right Democratic Party in 1948, the Confederate flag began to reappear after being seen only occasionally since the Civil War ended, CNN said. The new party, a split in the Democrats referred to as the Dixiecrats, ran on a platform of segregation, and campaign supporters waved American flags, state flags, and Confederate flags. MSNBC said stores reported increased sales of Confederate flags after that convention of 10,000 percent.

4. Georgia state flag design – In 1956, Georgia incorporated the battle flag into its flag design. Gov. Marvin Griffin did so in response to the Brown V. Board of Education ruling against school segregation. The state changed its flag in 2001, and again in 2003.

5. South Carolina government flies the flag – South Carolina raised the Confederate flag over its State House in 1961 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War, CNN reported. In 2000, it moved from the State House to fly over a soldiers' monument.

6. State laws – The southern states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana have all passed laws against any desecration of the Confederate flag. However, California passed a bill in 2014 stopping display or sales by the state government of merchandise featuring the Confederate flag, according to PBS.

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