The so-called "Confederate Flag" is actually the"National Ensign of the Confederate States of America." It originally was a white flag with the modified St. Andrew's Cross (X-shaped, not cruciform) in the field, and embossed on the arms of the cross were the thirteen stars of the (hopeful) states of the nation. Missouri and Kentucky never seceded from the Union, but were still (oddly) recognized as being Confederate states, too.
The white body of the flag, when draped or furled, appeared to be a white flag, as in a flag of surrender or parlay, and a number of disastrous incidents took place where it appeared that a company of men were surrendering, only to open fire on Federal positions, so a broad red stripe was added to belay the confusion.
The flag, and its country, are part of the history of The United States of America, just as slavery in both the North and South are part of history too. Most New England states did not abolish slavery until 1805 or later. Philadelphia still has (or did when I lived there) the barracoons or slave quarters on South Street preserved for posterity and to remind us that the peculiar institution was practiced all over the New World for generations.
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