The Confederate battle flag : America's most embattled emblem (Book, 2005) []
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The Confederate battle flag : America's most embattled emblem

The Confederate battle flag : America's most embattled emblem

Author: John M Coski
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Confederate Battle Flag is the first comprehensive history of this contested symbol. Transcending conventional partisanship, John Coski reveals the flag's origins as one of many banners unfurled on the battlefields of the Civil War. He shows how it emerged as the preeminent representation of the Confederacy and was transformed into a cultural icon from Reconstruction on, becoming an aggressively racist symbol

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coski, John M.
Confederate battle flag.
Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John M Coski
ISBN: 0674017226 9780674017221 0674019830 9780674019836
OCLC Number: 57010219
Awards: Nominated for Charles S. Sydnor Award 2006
Nominated for Merle Curti Award 2006
Nominated for Bancroft Prize 2006
Nominated for Francis Parkman Prize 2006
Nominated for Avery O. Craven Award 2006
Nominated for Herbert Feis Award 2006
Description: xi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Confederate flag. "Emblem of a separate and independent nation" ; "The war-torn cross" ; Unfurl the Old Flag" ; "A harmless and rather amusing gesture" --
II. Rebel flag. "The shadow of states' rights" ; "Keep your eyes on those Confederate flags" ; "Symbol of the White race and White supremacy" ; "The perverted banner" --
III. Flag wars. "Vindication of the cause" ; "The bitterest battleground" ; "If they talk about diversity, they're gonna get it" ; "What we stood for, will stand for, and will fight for" ; "You can't erase history" --
Epilogue: The second American flag.
Responsibility: John M. Coski.
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We gain unique insight into the fine line between the flag's use as a historical emblem and as an invocation of the Confederate nation and all it stood for.  Read more...


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Few emblems in American history have provoked stronger passions than the battle flag of the vanquished Confederacy. To some it symbolizes honor and independence; to others, hatred and slavery. This Read more...

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