It’s not everyday that the Southern perspective makes it into the media and methinks it deserves to be heard:
The flag you feature is the generally accepted flag of the Confederacy. There were different state battle flags…not every state had a flag…actually, different troops had differ battle colours, they were different variations of that flag you feature.
For 150 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been trying to make this into a Supreme Federal Govt. (That is what it has done.)
It was never the intent of the founding fathers to have that.
That is why the South was called a Confederation of States. The South was trying to tell the North that they were not going to be a part of what they were trying to do and now have done.
The whole Federal Govt taking over the whole world concept started pretty quickly and has brought us to where we are today – the original concept of reserving power to the small entities has been lost.
Today, you can only control what the Federal govt. lets you control. (States) It was supposed to be the other way around. Losing the war accelerated the Federal Govt. taking on more powers here and over the world, really.
There were people in the North who agreed with the South AND it wasn’t about even mainly, or even hardly slavery. They agreed it was states rights — what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
I do not know if I read it recently on a comment at N.O. or where and don’t have time to look, but someone said something about Slavery in the South.
The South was not (and regular folks were not slave holders!) the only place or people who ‘benefited’ from slavery. Your very own country probably made more money from the slave trade than anyone, the Yankees who shipped them over too.
The slaves’ own people made money, or whatever it was they valued, too. They would not have allowed it were they not benefitting from the evil of slave trade.
Also, the Irish who had emigrated here were treated horribly, wherever they were, they were not valued as the slaves were. They were pretty destitute.
[Our own shy southern belle]