Click the image to read the full review  in the Feb. 27, 2013 issue of City Paper.

On Oct. 28, 1933, 10 days after the lynching of 22-year-old George Armwood, Donald Smith published his revised version of the state’s anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland,” in the Baltimore Afro-American. “Lynchland, My Maryland” can be read as a bitter parody (“Where law has crumbled, died, and failed”) or even a violent call to arms (“Our race must now retaliate”) in the wake of two lynchings on the Eastern Shore. Andor Skotnes, in his social history A New Deal For All? (Duke University Press), gives us an idea of what Smith was responding to.