Alabama  - the "Heart of Dixie" - is the
nation's 22nd state, and is located in the
southeastern region of the United
States. Occupied by American Indians
as early as 10,000 years ago, Alabama's
history is as storied and diverse as its
people. Alabamians have made
significant contributions to the human
endeavor, and this page will highlight
and expand the most significant.
Whatever you think you may know
about this state, prepare to be
surprised.
The Civil Rights Movement - Alabama was
the site of many key events in the American
civil rights movement. Rosa Parks's stand
against segregation on a public bus led to the
1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the
violence targeted toward the Freedom Riders
of the early 1960s drew the nation's attention
to racial inequality in Alabama. Protests led
by Rev. Martin Luther King, bombings in
Birmingham, and the pivotal march from
Selma to Montgomery led the government to
approve the Civil Rights Act in 1965.
Alabama in Sports - Alabama's legendary
athletic reputation centers around football,
and it's easy to see why, but no other state in
the South boasts as impressive a list of native
baseball legends as Alabama. Hank Aaron,
Willie Mays, Satchel Paige – all are greats of
the game. In fact, Birmingham is home to the
oldest baseball stadium in America, built in
1910. From the gridiron to the ring (Evander
Holyfield), Alabama boasts some of
America's all time great athletes.
Alabama in Science - Huntsville's role in the
U.S. space program began in the 1950s, when
a team of scientists designed and tested the
rockets that eventually put man on the moon.
This led to the establishment of NASA's first
public location for visitors, the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center, which opened in 1970.
Alabama Agriculture - The Alabama
agriculture industry contains more than
43,000 farms spread across 8.9 million acres
throughout Alabama. Alabama’s top
commodities include poultry, cattle and
calves, greenhouse and nursery, cotton, and
soybeans. The state makes its mark
nationally, ranking second in the country in
broilers, catfish and quail; third for
forestland, peanuts and sod; and sixth for
pecans. Forestry is also an important part of
the state’s agriculture sector. Alabama boasts
the third most timber acreage in the U.S.,
behind Georgia and Oregon.
Alabama Industry - The timberland in
Alabama, third largest in the United States, is
greater than the combined states of
Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New
Jersey, and Rhode Island. Forestry is the
state's second largest manufacturing
industry, with $13 billion in products
produced annually. Alabama is also home to a
diverse group of industries from food to
aerospace and information technology. The
top five industries in Alabama are:
automotive, chemical, technology, forestry,
and aeronautics.
Native Americans in Alabama - There are
many famous Native American tribes who
played a part in the history of the state and
whose tribal territories  and homelands are
located in the present day state of Alabama.
The names of the Alabama tribes included the
Alabama or Alibamu, Tunica - Biloxi,
Cherokee Indians, Chickasaw, Choctaw,
Koasati, Creek (Muskogee) and Yuchi.
Alabama in the Arts - Harper Lee, Truman
Capote, Winston Groom, Zora Neale Hurston,
Booker T. Washington, James Agee, Zelda
Fitzgerald, Angela Jonson, Anne George,
Hank Williams, Lionel Richie, Nat King Cole,
Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Emmylou
Harris, Octavia Spenser, Channing Tatum,  
Courtney Cox... the list goes on.