Sesile asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 years ago

What does the confederate flag represent?

In a short summary can you explain what the confederate flag represents and the history of it?

5 Answers

  • 4 years ago
    Best Answer

    The flag in question is the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia,which was the main field army of the Confederates during the Civil War.

    It was thus carried into battle by armed men fighting to establish an independent country where slavery could be perpetuated as a legal institution indefinitely,and so that is what the flag represents - whatever spin anyone tries to put on it.

  • 4 years ago

    The concept of the confederate flag symbolism as depicted on the first Confederate flag (1862-1863) was to show the secession of the 11 Southern states from the Union and its declaration of unity to the Confederate. Later on 2 more states joined and the flag's design had to be changed, it took up the new design of the blue cross or X with 13 white stars in (1863-1865). The Confederate flag meaning was clear from the thirteen stars, which in actuality represented the total number of seceded Southern states or colonies, while the blue X represented their unified act of secession from the Union and other Northern states.

    Now, as the Swastika will always be associated with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, the Confederate flag will always be associated with hatred and bigotry.

  • 4 years ago

    It is a symbol of the Confederacy. As such, it represents treason, regional concerns over national, the institution of slavery. After the Union defeated the Confederacy, the Confederate flag came to represent treason, racism, religious bigotry, sectionalism and the sort of small-mindedness that so characterized the rednecks of the South.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Rather depends who you ask. With all the recent controversy, actual historians have pointed out that a number of different flags were used by the confederacy for different purposes...There was a little-known-now "national" flag, several different "battle" flags, etc.

    The one we are talking about is generally described as a "battle" flag and was normally used by military forces.

    To diehard Southern sympathizers, the flag represents the Confederacy, the glory of resistance to the "War Of Northern Aggression", and so forth.

    To less-radical types, it may simply be a symbol of their "heritage".....Of the brave soldiers involved in the war.

    To black folks generally, it's a symbol of slavery, oppression, fear, and discrimination lasting long after the Civil War and up through the present. Including the era of "Jim Crow", segregation, lynchings, the Klan, and all that went along with the civil rights struggle.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    4 years ago

    It represents racism, slavery, murder, rape, torture, and oppression.

    It was the flag of a treasonous rebellion by slaveholders against the USA in the 1860s. They lost, and slavery was abolished. After that, racist terrorist groups that tried to keep black Americans from exercising their rights used the flag as their symbol (and they still do).

    It represents pure evil.

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