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Alabamiana: Thomas Reed vs. the Confederate Flag, 1988

In February 1988, when a black Alabama state representative named Thomas Reed was arrested for trying to climb a fence around the state capitol and remove the Confederate flag that was flying on top, the Civil Rights movement had supposedly been over for twenty years. Though marking the end of the Confederacy, whose battle flag was at issue, is fairly easy – with the surrender at Appomattox – marking the end of the Civil Rights movement is not. Had Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death in 1968 truly closed out the… Read more Alabamiana: Thomas Reed vs. the Confederate Flag, 1988