"Think of America in 1931 and then in 1945 - that's 14 years, and a tectonic shift in national identity. Think of 1961 and 1975," he told the newspaper. "The Confederate flag is no longer a viable state or national symbol in 2015."
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Iles has written a number of books including "The Devil's Punchbowl."
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