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Trouble4Good focused on changing the pro-Confederate official state song that glorified slavery and treason against the USA. Confederate symbols have been closely linked in history to massive efforts like Jim Crow to deny justice. Trouble4Good campaigned to get Marylanders to urger their legislators to right this wrong. On nine previous occasions, legislators had voted to keep the song which is incompatible with a Maryland that values ALL its citizens!
The pro-Confederate state song was adopted during Jim Crow days to advance "The Lost Cause" lie that rewrote history so the Civil War was seen as a fight between a noble South and a tyrannical North. Historians now agree the Civil War was prompted by Southern determination to defend and expand the institution of slavery and the status quo of White Supremacy. While the Confederate flag is not the same as a KKK hood or a Nazi Swastika, it's too darned close.
The song sung to the beautiful "Oh Christmas Tree" music included a call for revenge against Union troops who defended themselves from a violent attack by pro-Confederate Marylanders in the Pratt Street Riots, the first bloodshed in a Civil War that cost more than 700,000 American lives. The song also calls Abraham Lincoln a "despot," a "vandal," and a "tyrant." If you hear children singing these awful words to beautiful music, you should get chills down your spine.
We worked with artist and nonprofit leader Anthony "Wordsmith" Parker to support a new Maryland song to give us a teachable moment so Maryland children can learn a song they are proud to sing about a state they are proud to live in. They will know they live in a state that is also proud of them. Click on Photo for Press Release!
On May 18, 2021 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan approved legislation to eliminate "Maryland, My Maryland," calling the song "a relic of the Confederacy." Now that we got rid of the Lost Cause Lie song, let's create that teachable moment for Maryland kids and let's have a NEW MARYLAND STATE SONG! Trouble4Good supports a public contest for a new song!