West Maryland? A Secessionist Movement Brewing In The Free State

West Maryland? A Secessionist Movement Brewing In The Free State

Maryland is one of the original 13 American colonies, but there's a movement underway pushing for its Western counties to break away and form their own state.

It was roughly 150 years ago that a group of Virginia counties broke off from the Old Dominion to form their own state: West Virginia. Now there's a movement underway in Western Maryland for counties to do the same. Activists behind Maryland's secession movement say the politics and culture in Annapolis don't reflect their region. We explore the issues and learn about similar debates taking place across the country.

Guests

Michael Rosenwald

Reporter, Washington Post

Todd Eberly

Professor, Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Author, The Free Stater Blog

Scott Strzelczyk

Activist, Western Maryland Initiative; Co-Host and Executive Producer, The Forgotten Men

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