Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

The Angry Politics of Confederate Heritage

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 3, 2012

Later this evening the famous Iowa caucuses will be held, the first major event of the 2012 presidential primary season. Over at the Civil War Monitor‘s Front Line blog, I take a look at how Confederate heritage advocates make their mark on the current political landscape, and how well-meaning candidates often find themselves caught between two difficult choices when forced to commit themselves on divisive symbols like the Confederate Battle Flag.

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Image: The secessionist League of the South’s endorsement of Rick Perry for Texas Lieutenant Governor in 1998, describing him as “a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.” In 2011, Perry’s spokesperson stated the he had never “joined that group nor has he ever paid any dues to it.” Somebody’s fibbin’. Via Salon.com.

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