The Confederate battle flag : America's most embattled emblem
"The Confederate Battle Flag is the first comprehensive history of this contested symbol. Transcending conventional partisanship, John Coski reveals the flag's origins as one of many banners unfurled on the battlefields of the Civil War. He shows how it emerged as the preeminent representation of the Confederacy and was transformed into a cultural icon from Reconstruction on, becoming an aggressively racist symbol only after World War II and during the Civil Rights movement. We gain unique insight into the fine line between the flag's use as a historical emblem and as an invocation of the Confederate nation and all it stood for
Print Book, English, 2005
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005
xi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780674017221, 9780674019836, 0674017226, 0674019830
I. Confederate flag. "Emblem of a separate and independent nation" ; "The war-torn cross" ; Unfurl the Old Flag" ; "A harmless and rather amusing gesture"
II. Rebel flag. "The shadow of states' rights" ; "Keep your eyes on those Confederate flags" ; "Symbol of the White race and White supremacy" ; "The perverted banner"
III. Flag wars. "Vindication of the cause" ; "The bitterest battleground" ; "If they talk about diversity, they're gonna get it" ; "What we stood for, will stand for, and will fight for" ; "You can't erase history"
Epilogue: The second American flag