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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, University of Alabama Center for Public Television and


Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark


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.


Length: 28:37

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[SS2010] GHS (3) 4: Relate population dispersion to geographic, economic, and historic changes in Alabama and the world. (Alabama)
[SS2010] ALA (4) 10: Analyze social and educational changes during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for their impact on Alabama.
[SS2010] ALA (4) 16: Determine the impact of population growth on cities, major road systems, demographics, natural resources, and the natural environment of Alabama during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
[SS2010] US10 (10) 15: Compare congressional and presidential reconstruction plans, including African-American political participation. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.i., A.1.k.]
[SS2010] US10 (10) 16: Explain the transition of the United States from an agrarian society to an industrial nation prior to World War I. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.h., A.1.i., A.1.k.]


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