Why we sell Southern flags:
The short answer is that we don't prejudge people who want to
Everyone knows the antagonistic purposes for which these flags
are often used. Every other kind of flag we sell can be used for those
purposes. I have seen Christian, US Marine Corps and American flags used that
way. Through the years, we have gotten to know many people of
good will who do not support those purposes but own these flags in the context
of creating a connection to their forbears and the place they call home. As
other flags all around the world, Confederate flags are used to identify a sense
of place, spirit, family, belonging and community. Some people buy them not even
for display but just to keep.
Every symbol has at least two meanings.
There is the meaning intended by the one who displays it and the
meaning understood by the one who views it. "Your" flag, wherever you come from
means something good to you but something very different to someone else.
Symbols also shift back and forth in meaning through the
This is the
. It is not "The Tea Party Flag." For more than two
hundred years it was simply a flag from the American revolution and people could
fly it just for its historical novelty. Since it became widely used by The Tea
Party, most people now think it was created by that movement and assume people
who have always flown it are adherents of that movement.
For many decades the Confederate flag was a pop symbol of
youthful energy, country living and rebellious spirit as it adorned lunch pails,
school sports teams, album covers and a popular TV show. During that time, it
was also brandished the day a screaming crowd of adults made a sixteen year old
girl cry on what should have been her first day of school at Central High School
in Little Rock, Arkansas. Context is everything.
Southern flags are used by Civil War reenactors
portraying Southern troops. We have provided
them to teachers for classroom use.
The historical connection of both the Confederate flag, and of our American
flag, to the buying and selling of human beings and of the degradation of
black people is undeniable.
Focusing rage on Southern flags creates for
some folks a comfortable though incorrect narrative of good and bad. North good, South
bad. It obscures the uncomfortable historical blame shared by people from all sections of our country
at the time of its founding for
arranging the promise of America for some people while denying it to others. The
founding of our country is a story of both liberty promised and liberty denied.
It is an era that witnesses the expansion and defense of liberty concurrently
with the expansion and defense of slavery.
Flags matter and people are very passionate about them.
Throughout more than 35 years in
this business we have been at various times criticized for selling or displaying
the flags of Israel, Puerto Rico, Black Lives Matter, and Ireland to name a few. We provide on this
web site Vatican flags, Rainbow "Pride" flags, Democrat and
Republican flags and flags from the Presidential campaigns of Obama, Trump.
Hillary Clinton. We provide
We provide flags of all nations. We provide
We provide a diversity of flags and we hope that they will always
be used with good will.
Followers of our web site know that we have made a niche in
providing flags of American history. The War Between The States is one of the
most significant periods in that history and the flags on this page are offered
in that context. Long ago, those young men who fought
that war came back to Gettysburg as very old men. There, in their last years on
earth, they shook hands across the
stone wall which marked the end of Pickett's charge. Look in the Ken Burns
series. There is film of them doing so. Would that we could all do
the same. The small book we carried, now sold out, about Elmira Prison Camp,
told the story of the escaped slave who, in his job of conducting the burials
there, personally saw to it that thousands of
Confederate soldiers, who perished in "The North's Andersonville", received a
decent burial here in New York State. He made sure that their names and grave
locations were carefully recorded. He knew that someone would want to know where
they are. We could all take a lesson from that man's humanity.
They were Confederate soldiers. He knew they were some mother's sons. Those sons
of The South now rest here in New York State. Now they are now our sons too.
We provide historical flags, and books on historical flags, from
both the North and the South. That is what we have done since 1977.
Confederate flags for sale. Where can I buy Confederate flags?
Confederate Battle Flag Sewn Cotton
Confederate Flags Nylon
Slavery: Its Connection to American And Confederate Flags
If you believe the war "had nothing to do with slavery", read it from their
A Southern View of the Invasion of the South
by the North and the War of 1861-65
By Captain S. A. Ashe in 1935. Ash was the last surviving commissioned officer
in the Confederate Army. He is honest and accurate regarding The South's
position on slavery and the protection it was losing under The Constitution.
We have no more copies of this book but if you can find
one it is worthwhile. It makes the same points made by Jefferson Davis in his
giant two volume work
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The 18th century founding of The United States saw the rise and the defense of
liberty at the same time as the rise and defense of slavery
Things to look up, a partial and evolving list:
1777 June 14th Congress creates the American flag. Under it...
1787 Our constitution is created. Without ever using the word, it
protects and guarantees slavery in all of our states.
The delegates debate the slavery issue intensely and bluntly. Some of the most
passionate advocates to end the slave trade, (but not slavery) come from Maryland and Virginia. Gouvernor Morris of Pennsylvania talks about freeing the slaves, making them
citizens and letting them vote. Other delegates make the case that slavery is
the basis of their wealth and power. It means jobs, industry and people in their
states would never be so "foolish" to give it up. Make it illegal in the new
Constitution and you will lose half your states. Other Northern delegates advise just leaving it alone. You
can read the transcript by searching "James Madison's notes."
1790 Congress creates The first Naturalization Law limiting citizenship to
1793 Fugitive Slave Act: People escaping slavery must be
returned. Those captured are brought before a judge and, with out a trial, are
sent into slavery based merely on a sworn affidavit that they are someone's
property. Free blacks are sometimes rounded up and send into bondage.
1850 Fugitive Slave Act: A new harsher version. You could be
ordered by the government to assist in the search for and capture of people
escaping slavery. Penalties are harsher.
1857 The Supreme Court Dred Scott Decision affirms that the US
Constitution was not meant to include citizenship for black people and that its
rights and privileges do not apply to them.
1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. Abraham Lincoln states that he is
not in favor of social or political equality of white and black races. He
declared himself against black people voting, serving on juries, holding office,
and intermarrying with whites. As reported by Snopes, historian Eric Foner
stated that while Lincoln hated slavery, he shared the prejudices of his
society. As President, Lincoln came to favor emancipation with recolonization: black people should be freed
but then deported.
1860 December, South Carolina is the first to leave the Union.
Just as the 13 colonies issued a Declaration of Independence explaining their
reasons for leaving the British empire, each Southern state issued documents
explaining their many reasons. JUST LOOK THEM UP AND READ THROUGH THEM. Texas
and South Carolina are particularly clear. These documents contain many honest
and blunt explanations of slavery and black servitude being an important cause,
though not the only cause, of secession.
It is not true that war had "nothing to do with slavery."
1861 January, Jefferson Davis' farewell speech in the US Senate.
IT IS A MUST READ. In a very moving speech, he points out that The Constitution established slaves as
property and yet Southern states were being denied the protection of the
constitutional rights to that property. These rights being threatened, his state of Mississippi
must leave in spite of the affection felt based on the shared sisterhood and
lineage of the
several states. In 1881 he publishes a massive 1500 page work The Rise and Fall
of the Confederate Government. I read the whole thing. He just lays it all out.
All the above happened under the American flag.
March 1861 The First National Confederate flag is created.