A Matter for Interpretation: An Inquiry into Confederate Symbolism and the Florida State Flag
10 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 115 (2020)
23 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020 Last revised: 21 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 15, 2020
Are the red bars found on Florida’s state flag a remnant of early-twentieth-century nostalgia for the Confederacy? Who first proposed this design and why? What did this change mean to the citizens who witnessed it? This Article is an attempt to answer these questions by approaching them through the lenses of original intent and original meaning. In doing so, the Authors advance new strategies for decision-makers interested in uncovering the motives of those who first erected or affixed allegedly Confederate monuments and symbols.
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