Posted by Lewis on November 29, 2004
In Reply to: On the stars and stripes posted by ESC on November 28, 2004
: : aparently there were five major flags in the U.S.
: : There were many, many more, but the first flag was the Bonnie Blue flag which was a solid blue flag with a single star right in the middle. Now the Bonnie Blue flag was the unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America. It was never officially adopted, but it was an extremely popular flag and there is a song written about it from that period.
: : Then secondly there is what is known as the first 'National Flag", which is sometimes cal led the Stars and Bars. Now there is a problem and I am going to deal with it a little bit later. But the Stars and Bars looked a lot like the Stars and Stripes and there was a conflict because of that.
: : Then thirdly there was the second "National Flag", which is referred to as the stainless banner. It just had this symbol in upper left-hand corner and then it was pure white. The only problem with the stainless banner was when the wind was not blowing and it was folded, it sometimes looked like a flag of truce or a flag of surrender.
: : And then Fourthly we have the third 'National Flag' and that was the same stainless banner but with a solid red bar all the way down. It was officially adopted, but very few of them were issued. And then of course, we have the Confederate Battle Flag as we know it. Interestingly enough the first four flags are very rarely spoken against because most people don't even know about their existence and they are totally, absolutely ignorant of them and so consequently it is the battle flag that catches most of the flak.
: : can any of our american friends bring some light into
: : it and perhaps tell me if otyu have heard the expression 'write the stars and stripes on someone'
: American from West Virginia/Kentucky here. I've never heard "write the stars and stripes on someone." Country kids would get whipped with a switch and that would leave "stripes."
: About the flags, I don't know what to say. Since my family was mostly in West Virginia, I assumed that we were on the Union side. But I did some researched and learned I had family on both sides. Brother against brother. My great grandfather, George Washington Smith Sr., fought and died on the Confederate side. He didn't own any slaves. I guess he just got drug into the war like a lot of people. So I could be a Daughter of the Confederacy. Which I thought about doing just to put a bee up people's noses.
: Which bring me to the question, why do some people display the Confederate battle flag? I don't believe it's about racism for most or even about history. It's more about viewing one's self as a rebel. You might find this book interesting: "The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusuable Past" by Jim Cullen. It has, for example, a chapter about Confederate Mythology in Rock and Roll.
Flags can embody quite a lot of history - but somebody said to me a flag is only good if you can recognise it in black and white.
the US and British flags meet that test - as do Portgual, Brazil and a lot of Asian countries, but there are many - particuilarly the variations on the cross or tricoleur (both ways round) that would fail that easy identification test.