Like many of you I have been following the growing number of public schools that have had to respond to students bringing Confederate flags onto school grounds. This is taking place throughout the country and not just in the South. I’ve read stories of schools as far north as New Hampshire and Minnesota that are currently dealing with this issue. Even more interesting are those Northern schools with deeper ties to Confederate heritage that go back to the 1960s. In my latest column at The Daily Beast I briefly explore two of those schools, one in Walpole, Massachusetts and the other in South Burlington, Vermont.
Admittedly, I don’t do more than scratch the surface. There is certainly a much longer and more interesting story to tell about these two communities, but I do believe that the continued embrace of the Lost Cause and reconciliation at the height of the Cold War and the absence of any local connection to the Civil War helped to make this possible.
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I am very eager to help schools that are working through ways to navigate these tough questions. The best way to begin is to educate students about the history and memory of the flag. Click here for more information about how I can help.
[Banner image from a South Burlington yearbook]