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Maryland moves to finally scrub 'Northern Scum' from state song

Written in 1861, "Maryland, My Maryland" became a Confederate marching song during the Civil War and was adopted as the state song in 1939.
Early morning sunlight strikes the facade of Baltimore's City Hall, Md. (Photo by Paul Souders/Corbis)
Early morning sunlight strikes the facade of Baltimore's City Hall, Md.

The tune is familiar — it's "O, Tannenbaum"/"O, Christmas Tree." But the words to Maryland's state song are anachronistically odd: