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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Jan 22, 2017 7:39 pm
Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, is pushing to give the state the country's toughest penalties for attacking a police officer, reflecting similar efforts elsewhere
Jan 22, 2017 7:30 pm
After a deeply divisive election, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on Friday in a day-long ceremony that will be covered by every major news network.
Jan 22, 2017 5:46 pm
The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency in seven counties that have suffered deaths, injuries and severe damage from weekend storms. Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Sunday the...
Jan 22, 2017 4:29 pm
An old bowling alley in Montgomery will soon be transformed into a call center.
Jan 22, 2017 3:05 pm
A contract to provide rotary-wing flight training at the Dothan Regional Airport has been awarded to a company that will begin training at the facility in a few weeks.
Jan 22, 2017 2:59 pm
President Donald Trump is doing a quick about-face about the protests that swept through Washington and around the world on Saturday
Jan 22, 2017 2:51 pm
The Decatur Police Department is improving the safety of its detectives thanks to some assistance from 3M.
Jan 22, 2017 2:20 pm
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Jan 22, 2017 12:14 pm
Vestavia Hills Police Department says 10 roads have been closed due to the severe weather.
Jan 22, 2017 10:32 am
Blount County Public Safety Director Brandon Horton says Highway 75 is closed in both directions.
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