L asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 years ago

What did the Confederate flag used to mean before it was associated with racism?

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  • larry1
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    4 years ago
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    It was the flag of the self proclaimed confederacy made up of the Southern US states (1861-1865).It was their idea of a 'national' flag for the South, which they claimed was a separate nation, the CSA (Confederate States of America) as opposed to the USA (United States of America). They borrowed the star idea from the US flag, 1 star for each Southern state that was a member, the horizontal 'X' from European flags. They used the colors....red, blue, white in reverse order from the US flag.

  • 4 years ago

    It was the flag that represented the southern states of America who were all involved in the slave trade and had slave plantations in their states. Under the flag, they fought the northern states known as the Union in the American Civil War but lost. Technically, the Confederates had always been associated with racism because the southern states all condoned slavery and mistreatment of black people.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    There was no "before it was associated with racism." It was invented as part of the confederacy who seceded from the union precisely in defiance of the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves. It only came into being out of an attempt to perpetuate African American enslavement. Since racism is the very breath that gave the Confederate flag life, there was no before, no preceding "used to mean."

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Do you mean one of the National flags of the Confederacy? There were three designs. The first flag was the "stars and bars" of which there were four versions with 7, 9, 11 and 13 stars. It was followed by the "stainless banner" and finally the "blood stained banner".

    Or do you mean the battle flag of the Army of Tennessee (a square version was used by the Army of Northern Virginia)?

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  • 4 years ago

    Confederate flag. But racism was central to the whole tussle, as Black Slavery is the issue at stake and that was the (inescapable)unvarnished fact.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The confederate state .

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It was always associated with racism. The whole raison d'etre of the Confederacy was the preservation of a racially-based system of enslavement.

  • 4 years ago

    It is based upon the flag of St. Andrew, who apparently was crucified on a crucifix shaped like a cross. This is a Presbyterian symbol. Presbyterians were known for being sour, dour, severe and unforgiving.

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