Nicest Place in the South: Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland


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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore, Maryland

One of the South’s earliest success stories in redevelopment began along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor


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On Southerness: A Case for Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

From biscuits and barbecued chicken to boot-scootin’ and bluegrass on the lawn, Charm City has long been Southern—some people just need a little reminder from time to time


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Baltimore Sage: Life and Letters of H. L. Mencken

Baltimore, Maryland

Undaunted challenger to the “orthodox” of the day, the twentieth century’s journalist prototype has always been enjoyed by Baltimore and the nation as a master wordsmith and one of her most talented humorists.


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The Skeptic and the Theologian: H. L. Mencken and J. Gresham Machen: Part 1

Baltimore, Maryland

Both embroiled in the controversies of their day, Baltimore sons Mencken and Machen, although most often on differing sides, were equals in unashamedly defending views that went against the times


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The Skeptic and the Theologian: H. L. Mencken and J. Gresham Machen: Part 2

Baltimore, Maryland

Both embroiled in the controversies of their day, Baltimore sons Mencken and Machen, although most often on differing sides, were equals in unashamedly defending views that went against the times


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Buried in Mystery: The Fall of Poe

Baltimore, Maryland

It’s the only Poe story that leaves the reader in perpetual suspense: the story that ended his life


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Deep into That Darkness Peering: 8 Poe Legends Dispelled

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore’s almighty “Raven” writer seems to be wrapped up in more suspicious legend and murky lore than any other in American history


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Sweet Southern Chocolate

Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas

Chocolate making has traditionally been a Northern business, but these bean-to-bar experts in cacao are proving the South can do chocolate


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That’s Three Hundred in Beaufort Years: Part One

Beaufort, North Carolina

For three centuries and running, Beaufort, North Carolina, has been the place to be for the quiet—and not so quiet—life of the coastal South


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16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part Two

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture


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The Song of the Century: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

Baltimore, Maryland

Billie Holiday used her career as a catapult to remedy racial injustice and “Strange Fruit,” a harshly realistic image of the cruelty of prejudice, ignited the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement.


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Through Wind and Fire: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Savannah, Georgia

Anti-Catholic laws, hurricanes, fires—Savannah’s chief architectural and religious treasure is a story of Southern triumph


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In the Right Key: The History of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Baltimore, Maryland

As the first light of dawn broke through the battle haze obscuring Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key bore witness to an event that would become an indelible part of the American identity.


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Southern Knights

Annapolis, Maryland

Once popular throughout the South, the medieval sport of jousting is still going full-tilt in Maryland