I guess you have to be southern to understand our ties to the civil war.
It wasn't entirely about slavery. It was the industrial north vs the agricultural south.
The cities vs the rural areas. Factories vs farms.
It wasn't wealthy slave owners who fought and died in it, just stupid rednecks like me and my friends.
Farmers mostly. It's still felt deeply here, but it's not really on display much. Those flags are rare, but each generation learns of it anew and come to their own conclusions. If Lincoln had been worth his salary he would have stopped that war in it's tracks.
But he began a longstanding Republican tradition of wrecking things every time they get elected.