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Feeling Kinship With The South, Northerners Let Their Confederate Flags Fly

"They wanted their independence, they wanted a smaller government. I find that a lot in people, it's just that rebelliousness," Iowa resident Bruce Peterson said.
Two different variations of Confederate flags fly in Owen Golay's yard in rural Pleasantville, Iowa. Source: Sarah McCammon

When 60-year-old Owen Golay talks about the two Confederate flags he flies in his front yard, he sounds like many Southern defenders of such symbols.

"It stands for heritage; it's a part of our history," Golay said.

But it's not really his history. Golay lives in rural Pleasantville, Iowa, about 40 miles from where he was born. He still carries a small Confederate flag that his father gave him as a child. But aside from some people way back in his family tree who

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