Alabama is inspirational. Alabama became the 22nd state to be admitted into the Union of the United States of America on December 14, 1819. Alabama is known as the “Heart of Dixie”, Sweet Home Alabama, Alabama the beautiful, and by other slogans. Alabama is located in the southeastern region of the United States. It borders Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. A southwestern portion of the state borders the Gulf of Mexico and it has a long inland navigable waterway.
Alabama has a history including populations of people and the economy suffering hardships. The economy was dependent on cotton and by African American slaves on plantations. Alabama joined the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Following Reconstruction, African Americans and poor whites were disenfranchised and underrepresented in the state government. Federal legislation and court cases did not improve this matter until the 1960s and 1980s respectively. The United States Armed Forces made installations and today the economy is based on management,automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.
Many changes have come about from segregation to changes with the capital and the state’s constitution. Today, the state’s government more closely matches the population with both African Americans and women having been elected to government.
The Appalachian Mountains in the northeast and the Tennessee River cutting through creates a valley, creeks, streams, other rivers, and lakes. Forests, including four National Forests, cover 67% of the land. Flatter once agricultural land leads to Mobile Bay, which is at sea level. The climate is classified as humid subtropical and the variety of flora and fauna make Alabama consistently ranked at the top for its biodiversity.
Industry, banking, construction, electronics, agriculture, military, education, healthcare, government, and tourism are all important parts of Alabama’s economy today. From the capital of Montgomery to the largest city of Birmingham there is a lot to see and know about Alabama. Be inspired! Have a bright day!