The Complex, Connotative History of the Highly Controversial Confederate Flag

In the latest episode of PBS Learning Media series “The Good Stuff“, host Craig Benzine traveled to the the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia to speak with author John Coski about the controversial, connotative and often contentious Confederate Flag, its complex history and versions and how the flag came to be what it is today.

The confederate flag is a controversial symbol. What it means has changed over time and can depend on who you are and where you come from. And to further complicate this, there wasn’t just one confederate flag–there were dozens–and the flag we’ve come to know as the confederate flag has a history as complicated as it is contentious.

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