Confederate Flag

Confederate Flag

The Rebel Battle Flag: Side Two
To commemorate the Civil War?s Centennial, the State of South Carolina hoisted the Confederate Flag proudly above its state capitol building in 1962. During Campaign 2000, the Republican candidates have stirred the fires that General Sherman started back in 1865 when his troops burned Columbia, the South Carolina capital (Newsweek). Today, there is a strong sentiment in the country that the flag should be lowered forever. Some people feel that the flag is a symbol of slavery. The NAACP has launched an economic boycott against trade in the state until the flag is removed, and the business community seems in favor of its removal because of their anticipated loss of revenue (Newsweek). Editorials, television news shows, and commentaries tend to make one feel that overwhelmingly, the nation favors the removal of the flag from the South Carolina Capitol. This position, supported in his essay, ?The Rebel Flag? by Michael Cohen, is not the only side to the issue, however. To fully comprehend the debate from the perspective of those people most closely involved, the South Carolinians, one must examine the history and heritage involved with flying this flag. Contrary to his

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