1956 State Flag

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1956 was the beginning of a quasi revolt in Georgia.  Upset over Brown v. Board of Education, some white Georgians advocated for a new flag to replace the old one.  Keep reading!

On July 1, 1956, Georgia got a new flag.  People in the Georgia Legislature wanted to send a message.  Former Georgia representative James Mackay said, “there was only one reason for putting that flag on there. Like the gun rack in the back of a pickup truck, it telegraphs a message.”(see citation 1)

Georgia legislators were upset because the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education had ended legal segregation. The incorporation of the Confederate Battle flag into the Georgia flag was a blatant attempt at intimidation.

Georgia’s flag has gone through many changes since it became a state in January, 1788. In fact, according to the Georgia Department of State the symbols on flags prior to 1879 are basically unknown.

Try the flag exercise below:

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Is this the Confederate Battle Flag?
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Is this the Confederate Battle Flag?

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Is this the Confederate Battle Flag?

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For the correct answer go to the Georgia Department of State website, and then close out that window to return here: Georgia Department of State Picture of Confederate Battle Flag.

Some of the information for this page came from these sources below:

  1.  http://www.senate.ga.gov/sro/Documents/StudyCommRpts/00StateFlag.pdf
  2.  http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2671
  3. The pictures of the state flags came from the Georgia Department of State web page, click here

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