ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have taken a step to scrub references to "Northern scum" and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases from the official state song.
The Maryland Senate voted 37-8 Thursday for changes to the official state song. The measure now goes to the House.
"Maryland, My Maryland" was written in 1861 by James Ryder Randall, when he was despondent over the death of a friend who was shot while protesting Union troops in Baltimore. It refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a "despot."