Alabama is widely known as the "Heart of Dixie," and this region is the heart of Alabama, in a number of ways. Geographically, of course, it takes up the middle portion of the state; but it also remains the heart of Alabama in matters of population, politics, finance, industry, and culture.
Birmingham, the state's largest city and the center of its industry, is located in this region; as is Montgomery, the state capital, and the two university towns of Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama) and Auburn (Auburn University). Birmingham lies close to the southernmost outliers of the Appalachians, close to important sources of iron ore and coal. It became one of the country's largest steel producers, and by far the largest in the South. Today, it is a modern metropolis of more than a million people.
Montgomery, a hundred miles to the south, has long played an important role in history. This was the first capital of the Confederacy, after seven Deep South states seceded in 1861. It was also the center of Civil Rights battles a hundred years later...most notably the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which resulted in the first desegregation of facilities in the Jim Crow South. Montgomery today is an important center of industry, including automobile manufacturing, as well as serving as the state capital.
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Oct 26, 2016 6:42 am
An Alabama Department of Corrections inmate is recovering after a stabbing incident inside the state prison in Elmore. WSFA-TV reports it happened Monday about 2:20 p.m. Officials say an inmate at the...
Oct 26, 2016 6:17 am
A Marine Corps jet fighter crashed and burned Tuesday in the Southern California desert, but the pilot ejected safely, a spokesman said.
Oct 26, 2016 5:16 am
Activists who have been protesting the nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline for months ratcheted up the pressure this week by moving onto private land owned by the pipeline developer. Here&...
Oct 26, 2016 4:55 am
The man who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston children's hospital two years ago, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is unapologetic and now wagin...
Oct 26, 2016 4:46 am
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has maintained for three years that he didn't know anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closures either before they happened or while they were going...
Oct 26, 2016 2:52 am
We are looking at clear skies Tuesday night with overnight lows in the mid 50s.
Oct 26, 2016 2:15 am
Birmingham police officers are getting more body cameras.
Oct 26, 2016 1:52 am
Google will now deliver your groceries right to your front door!
Oct 26, 2016 12:40 am
A downtown Gadsden landmark lights up again.
Oct 25, 2016 11:20 pm
Birmingham Mayor William Bell believes Thursday’s public hearing will be a critical step in securing national park status for the city’s civil rights district.
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