The League of the South “seeks to advance the cultural, social, economic, and political well-being and independence of the Southern people by all honourable means.” The Maryland LS wholeheartedly supports this goal as we work to keep Maryland Southern. But ours is a particularly difficult challenge. As Jefferson Davis wrote in his memoirs, “...the story of Maryland is sad to the last degree...”
Abraham Lincoln, the destroyer of the American republic, invaded and occupied our sovereign state in the Spring of 1861. In fact, the first bloodletting of the war occurred at the Battle of Baltimore on 19 April when Massachusetts and Pennsylvania soldiers marched through the city. President Davis wrote:
“...Maryland was the outpost of the South on the frontier first to be approached by Northern invasion. The first demonstration against southern sovereignty was to be made there...”
In a very real sense, our state—despised now even by many of our own Southern brethren-- remains an occupied land with a dying culture and a history revised by many, forgotten by most, but extraordinary nevertheless.
Overly credentialed and undereducated government job-seeking Yankees having re-located by the millions to the DC metro area and to our Lower Western Shore, Maryland has been subjected to cultural cleansing of the most virulent strain. These newcomers have been trying for years, for example, to change the words of our state song which was written after the Yankees invaded Baltimore in 1861 and which urges Marylanders to answer Virginia's call and to rise up and “[spurn] the Northern scum.”
Shifting demographics and the influence of mass media have largely deracinated our people. We no longer speak as Marylanders, who were once known for their soft Tidewater and Piedmont accents. We are ignorant –or ashamed-- of our Southern heritage. Renowned at one time for our Southern hospitality and cuisine, our tobacco and race horses, not to mention our whiskey making –many Kentucky bourbons are old Maryland recipes, and Old Grand-Dad himself was Basil Hayden from St. Mary's County, Maryland—we are now considered an insignificant rust belt state, a pale imitation of New Jersey. Most Americans can't find us on a map and think we are situated somewhere near Maine, but we are south of the Mason-Dixon; that legendary line is our northern border.
The Maryland League of the South labours to preserve our Southern heritage and values and to assert our state's sovereignty. We support a cultural secession from the larger vulgarities imposed upon us. We affirm the principle of subsidiarity—the common sense notion that government works best at its lowest practical level. We are not revolutionaries and do not advocate the overthrow of the central government—let us reiterate because our words will be twisted: we oppose revolution. We do recognise, however, the right of the states to secede from the union created by them. We believe that for us a more practical course of action may prove to be the departure of our so-called red counties—those outlying areas of Maryland still somewhat culturally intact- from the Yankee-infested “blue” counties in the metro areas. The Maryland League is immediately focused, however, on the revival of our Southern way of life and opposing the federal government's further infringement on God-granted liberties.