Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies

This is from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s blog, “The Gettysburg Compiler.” It’s an article by an undergraduate student, Olivia Ortman, detailing results of her research on how African-Americans in the Civil War era viewed the confederate flag.

 

Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies

By Olivia Ortman ‘19

This post is the fourth in a series about the Confederate flag in history, memory, and culture. It offers one Fellow’s individual perspective as she investigates different sources and opinions. Please feel free to engage with the author and the Civil War Institute community in the comments section. Read the first post here, the second post here, and the third post here.

Thus far we’ve talked about predominately white Union and Confederate views of the Confederate flag, so for my last piece on perspectives during the war I want to talk about the views of African Americans. For African Americans, especially, the Civil War was tightly intertwined with the matter of slavery. They realized that the outcome of the war would be instrumental in determining the fate of slavery as an institution and believed that a Confederate victory would be detrimental to the prospects of their freedom. If Southerners had their way, slavery would likely never die.

Read more at: https://gettysburgcompiler.org/bringing-history-to-life/finding-meaning-in-the-flag-ex-slaves-and-newsies/

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