The Georgia State Flag
Examines the controversy in Georgia over the Confederate emblem being incorporated into the state flag.
# 26164 | 2,338 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Apr 27, 2003 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Before 1865) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865) , Political Science (State and Local Politics) , African-American Studies (General)
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Since 1956 the Georgia State flag has had the Confederate emblem incorporated into it. This remains a contentious issue in the state that considers itself both to be the heart of Dixie and also the heart of the new, enlightened, progressive South. This paper examines the history leading up to the current protests over the state flag and the particular tenure of the most recent debates, ending with arguments over why the flag should remain.
From the Paper:"The flag was raised in part as a measure of defiance against Civil Rights laws, but also to commemorate the Civil War centennial. In 1962 it was an act of defiance toward a federal government forcing an end to the segregated South. But now, for many in the state it is no longer a symbol of slavery, which is something for the history books, or segregation, which too is being pushed into the history books as well. The flag for these Georgians is not a symbol of slavery but of loyalty to a shared heritage only they can truly understand (Buckley B7). It is also an emblem of the fact that the South still possesses a local and distinct sense of identity that has been lost to the homogenizing forces of mass media and modern culture in so much of the rest of the country (Los Angeles Times A18)."
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