William Tappan Thompson
William Tappan Thompson (31 August 1812 – 24 March 1882) was an Ohioan writer and newspaper editor during the 19th century. During the American Civil War, he worked in Georgia as a newspaper editor and supported the Confederacy. After the war ended, he supported the Democratic Party and opposed the Republican Party's civil rights efforts. He died in Georgia in March 1882.
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- As a people,we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.
- Such a flag would be a suitable emblem of our young confederacy, and sustained by the brave hearts and strong arms of the south, it would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as THE WHITE MAN'S FLAG.
- Savannah Morning News (28 April 1863); As quoted in Our Flag: Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America (1872), by George Henry Preble, Albany: Joel Munsell, pp. 417–418
- As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism. Another merit in the new flag is, that it bears no resemblance to the now infamous banner of the Yankee vandals.