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AP Explains: Confederate flags draw differing responses


Last updated 7/9/2020 at 12:58pm

In this Aug. 1, 2015 file photo, supporters carrying Confederate battle flags climb Stone Mountain to protest what they believe is an attack on their Southern heritage during a rally in Stone Mountain, Ga. The battle flag, with its red background and blue X design, is the best known of the flags of the Confederacy, but the nation also used other banners. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)


Associated Press

Public pressure amid protests over racial inequality forced Mississippi to furl its Confederate-inspired state flag for good, yet Georgia's flag is based on another Confederate design and lives on. Why the difference?

The Confederacy used more than one flag while it was fighting the United States to preserve slavery, and most of the designs are largely forgotten more than 150 years after the Civil War ended. Here are some facts about the flags of the Confederacy and how those symbols are viewed today.


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