A timely collection of essays examining the controversy surrounding the use & display of Confederate symbols in the modern South.
Library JournalThe thoroughly documented essays in this book analyze the various meanings assigned to Confederate monuments and symbols since Appomattox. Editors Martinez (political science, Kennesaw State Univ.), William D. Richardson (political science, Univ. of South Dakota), and Ron McNinch-Su (public policy, Univ. of Guam) place special emphasis on the current debate over the public display of Confederate battle flag. The reader is led to the conclusion that the "Southern heritage" arguments of the proflag groups are ancillary to the racist connotations the St. Andrew's cross evokes. Readers looking for a more readable analysis of the persistent issues of the Civil War should turn to Tony Horowitz's Confederates in the Attic (LJ 2/1/98). Still, the scholarly tone of Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South gives these thoughtful essays the authenticity that is truly needed in the emotionally charged debate over the Confederate flag. Recommended for public and academic libraries with Southern history collections.-Jim Doyle, Sarah High-tower Regional Lib., Rome, GA
- University Press of Florida
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