Puffer Fish wrote:I'm not an expert and may be very wrong about this, but I suspect Alabama was settled by "less sophisticated" whites than neighboring Georgia and Mississippi. Those two other states on either side had more valuable agricultural lands and better transportation routes due to bodies of water. The "less sophisticated" whites were of Scottish-Irish ancestry, compared to the English ancestry of the wealthy plantation owners. The Scottish-Irish settlers originally settled in South-Central Pennsylvania and gradually spread south over numerous generations through the Appalachian mountains.
That might explain why Alabama may have identified with Scotland more than England, since many of the people knew they had Scottish ancestry.
But a more likely reason for the shape of Alabama's state flag is its resemblance to the Confederate flag. Even though the South had lost the Civil War, at the time the state flag was adopted the people in the South still carried a fondness for the Confederacy and their Southern heritage.
Alabama had less distinct "cultural heritage" than other surrounding states, so probably had fewer directions to draw inspiration from and Mississippi had already incorporated the Confederate flag design into the top left corner of their flag design just a few years before, so Alabama was trying to distinguish itself.
1. Of course after the Reconstruction period of 1866- 1874, Confederate veterans and family returned to power in Alabama. I don't even consider that the interesting part, thats the background, and Constitution dodging. Of course they are dodging amendments for universal voting. How long can a Constitution BE?!
I think its interesting that it should be a John Knox flag. The Constitution convention was chaired in Alabama by John B. Knox, to adopt a John Knox flag and a 1901 Constitution, the alternatives are nil, in religion.
2. As the widely known "Distinct" ancestries of England and Scotland are to be underplayed. The famous line of "Birth of Nation" raises the Confederate Flag or the Alabama flag or either one to say "an unconquered race, a firey cross from old Scotland's hills". What would it cost to not be tied to your folks? We establish Stonewall Jackson was orphaned at a young age to be brought up in a Scottish Appalachian way. Of course the English Puritans arrive in the Puritan Migration between 1621 and 1650 10,000s of colony creators. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puritan_m ... %80%931640
In 1702 the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England and the failure of Scottish colony creation called the Darien Scheme https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darien_scheme
the Scottish are somewhat forced into a shared venture of colonialism. The Scots and Scots-Irish tend to call the English inhospitable but become frontier "appalachian hillbilly' "loyal mountain folk" in passing over into the frontier mountains of the colonies.
Nevertheless this would be seen by the English in a Confederate timespan of a vital Spirit of the Reformed-Presbyterian/Puritan/Congregational of our independence and immigration period compared to the 200,000 Irish at the front of the Union armies (and covering retreating forces), George Washington in fact corresponded to John Witherspoon the minister regarding a pull of Scottish emigration. George Washington the ancestor to Robert E Lee makes for a commander to Washington's artillery Henry Knox as would Andrew Jackson's close relation to Stonewall Jackson would be to Robert E Lee. I think it is Accepted that the distinctness of the Scottish American is tied in the Civil War acknowledged by Scotland. The same way the distinctness of the German American could be said to be buried in the World War 1 and World War 2 era. "Bonnie" is no known English word in even the timeperiod. "Bonnie Blue Flag"? That's a Scotsman's opinion on joining the Union and is in no other form enjoyable.