Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery in 1777. However, there are Vermonters who see nothing wrong with displaying or flying the Confederate flag. An ongoing Web poll tallied Vermont voters' responses to the question:
“Should the federal government allow states to fly the Confederate flag?” Results show roughly a third have answered "yes" so far.
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As with many other areas, Vermont still has people who enjoy displaying the Confederate flag on cars or trucks, perhaps for historical or cultural reasons but also for recreational and even political purposes. Vermont played a major role in fighting for the Union during the Civil War, and it continues to have many rural areas where hunting and fishing are popular.
According to a post by Daily Kos member Greg from Vermont
, there may be a link between outdoors enthusiasts and the Confederate flag. Vermont has permissive gun laws, and those who use guns for sport or protection often believe the federal government is a threat to those laws, even though the current state laws appear secure.
There may be a connection with the rebellion of the Confederacy. The Vermont resident stated that many vehicles with Confederate flag symbols also have bumper stickers promoting the National Rifle Association.
While some residents view the Confederate symbol as rebellion against potential tyranny, other Vermont residents remember their ancestors who fought for the Union and find the display of the Confederate flag distasteful.
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