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History behind redneck flag?

I understand the history behind the confederate flag and the civil war but I wanted to know how the confederate flag became the redneck flag. An actual source please, not a made up answer.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Actually, there were four official Confederate flags, and the one with the cross and the stars is NOT one of them. It was the Confederate battle emblem. The other four are the Bonny Blue Flag and the First, Second and Third National flags. The battle emblem is also mistakenly referred to as the "stars and bars" when in fact, it was the First National design that was given that nickname.

    But because of it's conspicuous use in the movies, and because so many jackasses think it's cool to put it on a bumper sticker, that battle emblem has become associated with the Confederacy, rebellion and racism. The X with the stars on it was known as the Cross of St. Andrew. It's because of the mistaken impression that this is the Confederate flag that it's commonly considered the "redneck flag".

  • 7 years ago

    Right Rex, it's a battle flag and was not the "Star & Bars" used by the Confederate Government. A red battle flag is meant to impress & signal position on & off a battlefield. After the war was lost for the Confederates the flag became a symbol of a lost cause and a pride of service only known by surviving descendants. The Rebel Flag representing slavery is a little far fetched because there was another flag the constitutionally stood for slavery for over 70 years before there was a Rebel flag. It was called the "Stars & Stripes."

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Firstly, when one hears the term "redneck" they think of stereotypical backwards white southerner. During the Civil Rights Era the Confederate flag was often waved by racist southerners, "rednecks", and now it's become a symbol for stereotypes (e.g. the Confederate flag is the Redneck flag).

  • 7 years ago

    As I understand it the stars and bars was not the actual Confederate flag but the battle flag that came to symbolize the states & territories in rebellion from the union.

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  • 7 years ago

    The Stereotype of Rednecks is that they're also White Supremacists and Due to the Confederate States of America Policy on Whites being better than African-Americans it was only natural that White Supremacists adopted the Confederate Flag.

    - edited a typo

  • Jay
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    These are the origins of the flag:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confeder...

    After the Civil War it became a sign of resistance and became a symbol of identity to southern people.

  • 7 years ago

    I don't know if you realize it, but your question would seriously offend a lot of people - redneck is a pejorative term and a lot of Southerners do not consider themselves rednecks, nor should they. Just FYI.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    There are whole books about this by professional historians and sociologists. Go to your library and find one if you want an "actual source." That is how grownups do research, you idiot.

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