Reviewed by Sid Secular
The author of the 2016 edition of this book is a writer for Chronicles magazine, and a former spokesman for the Maryland League of the South. Joyce Bennett has done a wonderful job of resurrecting the true history of this Southern state in a comprehensive, concise and easily readable style.
Nicknamed the “Old Line State,” Maryland has also been vulnerable to a cultural “cleansing” — it has experienced the nearly universal assault against all ancient and venerable civilized orders by those unworthy of anything either “ordered“ or “civilized.”
Established in 1634, Maryland was founded as a plantation colony like Virginia, and has been called its “sister” state for this reason. Its way of life did not much differ from that of Virginia. Her conquest in 1861 by Yankee troops invading Baltimore helped begin the transfer of power from the states to the central government, which continues to this day.
Once a beloved component of the antebellum South, Maryland was considered as Southern as Alabama or any Deep South state long before the War of Secession. It was once renowned for its superb cuisine, distilled spirits, air-cured tobacco and horse breeding. However, as the first state to be invaded by Yankees, it was the first to succumb to a Yankee makeover and later, to a consumerist and materialist culture.
Today, Maryland is considered just another component of the northeast mega-metropolis. Her graciousness has given way to the habits of her conquerors, and her special history has been rewritten or forgotten.
Most of the more abrupt changes have been recently imposed, with its re-definitions and changes constituting a “death by a thousand cuts.” It is difficult to find people who know or care that such changes have taken place. Outsiders and intruders reinforce the lies, while old-time natives keep mum out of apathy or fear of criticism. Confederate President Jefferson Davis once stated: “The story of Maryland is sad to the last degree.”
As far back as the 1860 presidential election, there were those who wanted to re-define the Old Line State as one of their own. The New York Tribune confidently predicted that Lincoln would win Maryland — but all he got was 2.5% of the vote. Because of this impudence, and because of its strategic location, the North immediately assailed Maryland at the onset of the War, assuring that she would be thoroughly transformed into a vassal state.
Francis Key Howard, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, wrote that America had become totally despotic by the outbreak of the War. Howard was one of many Marylanders who were arrested to prevent the state from ever having an opportunity to vote on secession. Thousands more would have joined the Southern cause had the vote to secede not been blocked.
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