Why wasn't the Confederate flag banned after the civil war ended?

The Confederate flag is the flag of the Confederate States, ie the Southern States that seceded before the start of the Civil War. Since the North won the Civil War and the South was defeated, why did not the U.S.A. then ban the production, distribution and display of the Confederate flag?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Same reason why we don't burn books. Just because you don't understand or agree with something, doesn't mean it should be eradicated from the face of the earth. If anything, you should appreciate it's existence as a piece of your history, and a reminder of something that should never happen again.

  • 4 years ago

    Because it's our heritage. A lot of people in the South have ancestors that were Confederate soldiers. And I get so tired about the blacks arguing about slavery and all that bullsh*t. The MAIN reason that the confederacy seceded was because of State's rights. They did not want the National government telling them what to do, when the Constitution clearly says that States have first say in most things. Another thing was industrialization. The south did not want Northern business owners taking their land and building factories. Slavery was a very little part of it. The Union could have cared less whether the south had slaves or not. Lincoln did not even want to free the slaves at first. And the flag that you are talking about is the Confederate Battle Flag. This is easily confused with the "Stars and Bars," or the Confederate States flag. This was the official flag of the CSA.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Firstly, why would they even want to do that? It would only agitate the people who had fought and died under that banner. This is akin to asking why the English don't ban the Scottish flag, or for that matter, why the US doesn't ban Native American symbols.

    That being said, following the War, the South was under military occupation until 1877, a period referred to as Reconstruction. During this time, the Southern people were stipped of their Constitutional rights, including the right to vote and right to free speech. The display of Confederate symbols, and the wearing of Confederate uniforms, were banned during this occupation. However, such rights could not be stripped permanently, because the US Constitution protects the rights of citizens to freedom of expression. So once the occupation ended, full Constitutional rights were restored to the people of the South.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The flag you refer to was the confederate battle flag.

    The flag of the CSA was much differant and very seldom seen

    Why hasn't the scull and cross bones be banned

    That was a prominent display of the SS and worn on their officers hats and uniforms.

    Besides...It's a 1st amendment thing.

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  • Oh for Pete's sake, it's just a flag. If seeing a flag bothers someone, they need to learn to calm down.

    ...besides, banning a flag would only make it even more of a banner to rally under.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's called the First Amendment. It's the same reason why the Communist Manifesto is still allowed to be published in the United States.

    Source(s): U.S. Bill of Rights
  • 1 decade ago

    As Phil said, because of the Bill of Rights. Also, it is a part of our history.

    Now, should it be allowed to be used as a symbol for racism...NO! Should it be used by a bunch of bigots as a sign for their cause...NO! Should it be in a museum as part of our history and a symbol of our own internal struggle...YES!

    Source(s): US Army MP
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    humm well why didnt the USA ban the sales production displyaing of the stars and strips!!! it was involed in the civil war?????ITS A PART OF HISTORY!!! GIT OVER IT!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Freedom of expression

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I spit at it instead. The First Amendment goes both ways...

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