Confederate Symbols of Civil War Divide U.S. 150 Years On

More and more voices across the U.S. South called for banishing the banner of the pro-slavery Confederacy on Wednesday. It's part of a fast-growing movement that adds new emotion and tensions to a year of soul-searching over race in America.
From Alabama to Mississippi, Louisiana to Tennessee and beyond, politicians distanced themselves from flags and statues memorializing southern heroes of the 1861-65 Civil War.
Alabama's governor ordered the Confederate flag and three other flags of the Confederacy removed from the grounds of the state's Capitol in Montgomery. Montgomery is an historically significant city in America's civil rights movement where Martin Luther King Jr. led protests in the 1950s.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, a Republican, said "This is the right thing to do." South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley agrees.



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