Today marks the one year anniversary of This Cruel War, and I thought I'd take the time to reflect a bit. It's not often that I get to talk plainly and without footnotes. ((Who am I kidding? Of course there will be footnotes!)) A Glance Back This blog started because of the
During the debate over whether South Carolina should remove the Confederate Battle Flag from public grounds, a meme was passed around via social media showing a KKK march on Washington DC with literally scores of United States flags everywhere. “Look at all those Confederate Flags!” it sarcastically proclaimed. If the Confederate Battle Flag is such a racist symbol, why wasn’t the KKK flying it? Only the United States flag was used – why was that? To find the answers, we have to explore the post-war history of the Confederate Flag, as well as the Klan.
There several different stories concerning William T. Thompson and his supposed role in creating or designing the Confederate Flag. Most declare that he was the "creator of the Confederate Flag." Some, with a touch more accuracy, claim that he was the "designer of a Confederate Flag." However, they fail to mention
Through much of the South, Confederate Memorial Day continues to be celebrated. With ceremony and paid time off, the adherents to the Southern Cause have long come together to remember the Confederate dead, lament their defeat in the Civil War, and wax prejudicial about black Americans. Let's take a look