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    unpakwon is offline Senior Member
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    Default turn traitor to their flag

    What is the following in red saying?

    For four bloody years the radicals of the North had been demanding that Lee and the other West Point officers who had turned traitor to their flag be hanged for treason.

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    Default Re: turn traitor to their flag

    "Those who had committed acts of treason against their own country".
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    Default Re: turn traitor to their flag

    Here, the 'flag' is a metaphor for the country. As the Americans have no monarch, and no Crown, they had to turn to something as a symbol, so they began to idolize their flag itself, much more than European countries had done.

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    Default Re: turn traitor to their flag

    And, if I may add, "had turned traitor" is equal to "had become a traitor".

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