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

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Nicholas Mignanelli

Yale Law School

Sarah C. Slinger

FIU College of Law; University of Miami - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: April 15, 2020

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Mignanelli, Nicholas and Slinger, Sarah, A Matter for Interpretation: An Inquiry into Confederate Symbolism and the Florida State Flag (April 15, 2020). 10 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 115 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3576727

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