America’s Most Embattled Emblem

No one can speak more intelligently about the Confederate flag than John Coski, author of The Confederate Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem and a historian with the American Civil War Museum. In the midst of the current controversy in South Carolina, John’s thoughts are worth consideration.

6 Responses to America’s Most Embattled Emblem

  1. Well said. It was great relief to watch this video and see an acknowledgement and explanation that this flag means many different things to many different people. I have put Mr. Coski book on hold at my library and it will be interesting to get a deeper understanding of this issue and the entire historical context.

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this video. It has been a “breath of fresh air.”

  2. The rectangular stars and bars flag readily availabe in souvenir shops all over is not, the actual Confederate Battle Flag. The real flag is square, not rectangular, and has trim on the edge. Is it feasiblse that use of the real flag be a suitable alternative to the rectangular flag that has been misused since 1865. The square flag is the one used by Confederate troops and in my mind very different both in meaning and appearrance . This is the flag that reflects southern heritage.

    1. The square Battle Flag is the flag that was flown over the South Carolina Statehouse.

    1. I don’t hear much ‘debating’ going on, just people expressing their opinion and assuming everyone else is wrong.

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