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Like It Ain't Never Passed
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This video takes you through the history of Sloss Furnace from its opening as an iron furnace to its reopening as a museum. Sloss made Birmingham, AL the thriving city it is today. Pictures tell the story of how Birmingham went from a small country town to a bustling city that grew up around the furnaces. It's astonishing growth and prosperity earned it the nicknames "The Pittsburg of the South" and "The Magic City." Sloss made Birmingham the world's largest producer of cast iron pipe, the nation's 3rd largest producer of pig iron, and the foremost industrial city of the South. Though Sloss closed its doors in 1971 its history lives on today through the museum that was opened 101 years after Sloss began making iron.


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The New South: A Political View
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us as Samuel L. Webb presents The New South: A Political View. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Thomas Goode Jones, B.B. Comer, Charles Henderson, Thomas Kilby – we’ve all seen these names on buildings across Alabama. But who were these men and why were they important? In this program Webb will discuss major events, significant men and women, and important economic and social movements that had an important impact on Alabama politics between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Great Depression. The fortunes of Alabama’s Democratic Party, the various factions that dominated its councils, and the dissenters who dared to challenge its control of the state will constitute a major portion of the discussion. Webb was born and grew up in York, Alabama, graduated from Sumter County High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Livingston University, a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, a master’s in history from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Arkansas. He was an assistant state attorney general, deputy district attorney in Jefferson County, an attorney in private practice for three years, and spent four years lobbying the legislature for the University of South Alabama. For the last twenty-one years Webb has taught history at UAB. He is the author of Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama’s Hill Country 1874-1920, co-editor of Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State, and has published articles in numerous journals on Alabama’s political history. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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A Strange New Bird: The Airplane Comes to Alabama
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought continues another year of informative talks on Alabama history at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Join us as Billy J. Singleton presents A Strange New Bird: The Airplane Comes to Alabama. The first century of powered flight in Alabama began in February 1910 with the arrival of Wilbur Wright in the capital city of Montgomery. In search of a suitable location to establish a spring training camp for student aviators, Wright selected Montgomery as the site of the nation’s first civilian pilot training school because of the region’s genial climate and suitable grounds. The establishment of the Wright flying school marked the beginning of a remarkable aviation heritage in Montgomery, a legacy further enhanced by the evolution of military aviation on the former site of the flying school of the Wright Brothers. The same factors that attracted the Wrights to Montgomery made the area an ideal location for the establishment of military flight training and aerospace education programs, and formed the foundation of the first century of powered flight in Alabama. Billy Singleton has been involved in the aviation industry for more than three decades. Recently retired as a pilot for a major airline, he continues to fly as a corporate pilot based in Birmingham. A native of Alabama, Singleton serves as chairman of the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, vice-chairman of the Wright Brothers / Maxwell Field Museum project, and member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Museum of Flight. He received a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of Images of Aviation: Montgomery Aviation and num erous articles relating to aviation history and safety. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353‐4726.


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Cast in Iron
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Sloss Furnaces carries a rich legacy that began in the post-Civil War South and continues through to today. It was founded in 1882 by James Withers Sloss who paid only $180,000 to have it built. Sloss Furnaces became a symbol of pride and progress in the South. It was the first to export iron overseas and helped make Birmingham, AL a thriving city. Listen as historians take you through Sloss's legacy and ironworkers recount what it was like to work inside its walls.  


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The New South: A Social & Economic View
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us as Marlene Rikard presents The New South: A Social and Economic View. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Post-Reconstruction Alabama experienced major social and economic changes in the era known as the “New South,” a term coined by Henry Grady of the Atlanta Constitution. Emancipation of the slaves and falling cotton prices brought changes in agriculture for plantation owners, African Americans, and poor whites. Although farming remained the occupation of most Alabamians, industrialization became the mantra of new leaders who promised recovery and prosperity though the development of the state’s natural resources in mining and manufacturing. But prosperity proved elusive and change brought conflict in the form of strikes, segregation and Jim Crow laws, political turmoil, and battles over temperance, woman’s suffrage, regulation of public utilities, and convict leasing. The era changed Alabama forever. Dr. Marlene Hunt Rikard recently retired as Professor of History at Samford University. Following graduation from Auburn University, she began her work life as a graphic designer before returning to school for graduate work in history and teaching for thirty-five years. She was also Director of Samford’s London Programs for over a decade. She has served as president of the Southern Association of Women Historians, the Alabama Association of Historians, and the Alabama Historical Association. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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The Ellis Island Experience - Coming to America
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Make Ellis Island come alive for U.S. history students by processing younger students in a recreation of the immigration center. Recreate the uncertainty, fear, and confusion many immigrants experienced by arranging a variety of stations in a large open space. Then open Ellis Island to visitors and allow time for reflection and discussion after all immigrants have been processed. Click to hear students reflect on The Ellis Island Experience.


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Video: The Tragedy of the Donner Party
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This video would be used with a lesson plan in American literature or American history to add interest and help students construct meaning from the experiences of early American struggles.

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