ABSTRACT

Confederate Symbols: Relation to Federal Lands and Programs [Updated July 28, 2020]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "The iconography of the Confederate states in the U.S. Civil War is a contested part of American historical memory. [...] Congress is considering the role of Confederate symbols on federal lands and in federal programs. While no comprehensive inventory of such symbols exists, numerous federal agencies administer assets or fund activities in which Confederate memorials and references to Confederate history are present. The National Park Service (NPS, within the Department of the Interior), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of the Army within the Department of Defense (DOD) all administer national cemeteries that may display the Confederate flag at certain times. [...] This report focuses primarily on Confederate symbols administered by three federal entities-- NPS, VA, and DOD. Each of these entities manages multiple sites or programs that involve Confederate symbols. The report begins with a discussion of recent legislative proposals, and then discusses the agencies' current policies with respect to Confederate symbols, along with issues for Congress."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R44959
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2020-07-28
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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