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Dixie's Land: The Confederate Anthem
August 22, 2009
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The Confederate flag was not to be thought as a sign of racism or hatred, it was to symbolize the stated that felt threatened by Abraham Lincoln. He was doing what he could to end slavery in the southern states. They were likely going to do that anyway, but they thought a Republican President would simply end their way of life.
Asserting that states had a right to secede, seven states declared their independence from the United States before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President on March 4, 1,861; four more did so after the Civil War began at the Battle of Fort Sumter (April 1,861). The government of the United States of America (The Union) regarded secession as illegal and refused to recognize the Confederacy. Although British and French commercial interests sold the Confederacy warships and materials, no European nation officially recognized the CSA as an independent country.
The CSA effectively collapsed when Generals Robert E. Lee and Joseph E. Johnston surrendered their armies in April 1,865. The last meeting of its Cabinet took place in Georgia in May. Union troops captured the Confederate President Jefferson Davis near Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1,865. Nearly all remaining Confederate forces surrendered by the end of June. A decade-long process known as Reconstruction expelled ex-Confederate leaders from office, gave civil rights and the right to vote to the freedmen, and re-admitted the states to representation in Congress.