Southern History

Busting the myth that Congress made Confederate vets into U.S. vets

July 24, 2015 - Since a white supremacist who waved the Confederate flag gunned down nine African Americans in a Charleston church last month, battles have raged across the South over the future of Confederate monuments. Some Confederate apologists are claiming that a 1958 law gives Confederate veterans, and thus the monuments to them, equal status to U.S. veterans and their memorials. They're wrong.

VOICES: Confederate/American — two flags, two outcomes

July 22, 2015 - In 1965, South Asian students attended a July 4 rally in Louisiana to see how the holiday was celebrated. But the event was put on by white-supremacist Citizens' Councils, and some in the Confederate flag-waving crowd chased and assaulted the students. Watching Gov. Haley wrestle with the divisiveness over that flag brought back memories for Elaine Parker Adams, who also fled the crowd that day.