How to tell the difference between slave and free labor in the US

The American flag is often portrayed as a symbol of liberty, but as slavery was abolished in the early 20th century, its use as a flag became less and less common.

What’s more, when slavery ended, the symbols of white supremacy, which still exist today, were not abolished.

To celebrate slavery’s end, and to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of slavery, NBC News decided to do something it hasn’t done in over a century: compare the American flag and the Confederate flag.

We found the American flags to be remarkably similar in many ways.

The American Flag The Confederate Flag