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COSKI, John M. The Confederate Battle Flag : America's Most Embattled Emblem. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005. First Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-xi,(4),-401, +32 p. of black and white photos and reproductions. 8vo, black cloth spine, red paper covered boards, red lettering to spine. "In recent years, the Co nfederate flag has become as much a news item as a Civil War relic. Intensepublic debates have erupted over Confederate flags flying atop state capit ols, being incorporated into state flags, waving from dormitory windows, oradorning the T-shirts and jeans of public school children. To some, this p iece of cloth is a symbol of white supremacy and enduring racial injustice;to others, it represents a rich Southern heritage and an essential link to a glorious past. Polarizing Americans, these 'flag wars' reveal the profou nd -- and still unhealed -- schisms that have plagued the country since theCivil War. 'The Confederate Battle Flag' is the first comprehensive histo ry 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 only after World War II and during the Civil Rights movement. We gain unique insight into thefine line between the flag's use as a historical emblem and as an invocati on of the Confederate nation and all it stood for. Pursuing the flag's conflicting meanings, Coski suggests how this provocative artifact, which has been viewed with pride, fear, anger, nostalgia, and disgust, might ultimately provide Americans with the common ground of a shared and complex history." - from the dustjacket. Contents: Part I: Confederate Flag: 1. "Emblem of a Separate and Independent Nation"; 2. "The War-Torn Cross"; 3. "Unfurl theOld Flag"; 4. "A Harmless and Rather Amusing Gesture". Part II: Rebel Flag : 5. "The Shadow of States' Rights"; 6. "Keep Your Eyes on Those Confederate Flags"; 7. "Symbol of the White Race and White Supremacy"; 8. "The Perverted Banner". Part III: Flag Wars: 9. "Vindication of the Cause"; 10. "The Bitterest Battleground"; 11. "If They Talk about Diversity, They're Gonna Get It"; 12. "What We Stood For, Will Stand For, and Will Fight For"; 13. "You Can't Erase History". With index. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 40.00
Title: Confederate Battle Flag : America's Most Embattled Emblem. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA and London, 2005, ISBN:0674017226:
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