Magazine July 20, 2015, Issue

Take It Down

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The Confederate flag means treason

The Confederate States of America hasn’t been in operation for a century and a half. Nevertheless, after a photograph of mass murderer Dylann Roof holding a toy-sized Confederate flag flashed onto television and computer screens, “Take it down!” became the newest meme burning through social media. The trustees of The Citadel voted to remove a Confederate battle flag from the campus chapel. Walmart emptied its shelves of items featuring the most minute images of the flag. In Gettysburg, the battlefield’s on-site gift store announced that it “will no longer sell stand-alone items that solely feature the Confederate flag, including display

Allen C. Guelzo — Mr. Guelzo is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

After Obergefell

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Politics & Policy

Acceptable Jeb

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Politics & Policy

Hacking OPM

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Politics & Policy

Take It Down

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Features

Politics & Policy

The Long Shot

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Books, Arts & Manners

City Desk

The Old Order

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Politics & Policy

Trail of Tears

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Sections

Happy Warrior

Romantic Comity

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Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

Warning Shot

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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