Maryland Senators Vote to Remove Confederate References from State Anthem

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The Civil War-era lyrics encouraged Marylanders to join the Confederacy and fight the "tyrant" Abraham Lincoln.

In a 38-8 vote, the Maryland Senate has voted to replace lyrics referencing the Confederacy in the state’s official anthem.

The Washington Post reports that the Civil War-era song included lyrics calling the Northern states “scum” and referring to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant.” The song also encouraged Maryland residents to arm themselves and join the Confederacy.

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“I think it’s time to get rid of the verse that basically criticizes and makes us look bad,” Sen. Ronald Young (D) told the Post. “The [song] is degrading to Maryland and should not represent us moving forward.”

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The bill was met with pushback from some senators, who said that the lyrics show how far the state has come.

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“Our history has some pretty bad blemishes on it,” Sen. Robert Cassilly (R) said to the Post. “[But we should] use it as a teaching point and move forward…The idea of excising our history—that’s not America.”

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