Like It Ain't Never Passed

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Multimedia Details Title: Like It Ain't Never Passed
Creator: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Submitted By: Bree Amidon, Alabama Department of Education, Alabama Department of Education

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark


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.

Length: 14:04
Content Areas: Social Studies
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
SS2010 (3) Geographic and Historical Studies: People, Places, and Regions
7. Describe the relationship between locations of resources and patterns of population distribution.
Examples: presence of trees for building homes, availability of natural gas supply for heating, availability of water supply for drinking and for irrigating crops
  • Locating major natural resources and deposits throughout the world on topographical maps
  • Comparing present-day mechanization of labor with the historical use of human labor for harvesting natural resources
  • Example: present-day practices of using machinery versus human labor to mine coal and harvest cotton and pecans
  • Explaining the geographic impact of using petroleum, coal, nuclear power, and solar power as major energy sources in the twenty-first century
  • SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    10. Analyze social and educational changes during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for their impact on Alabama.
    Examples: social—implementation of the Plessey versus Ferguson "separate but not equal" court decision, birth of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    educational—establishment of normal schools and land-grant colleges such as Huntsville Normal School (Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical [A&M] University), Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (Auburn University), Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Tuskegee University), Lincoln Normal School (Alabama State University)
  • Explaining the development and changing role of industry, trade, and agriculture in Alabama during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the rise of Populism
  • Explaining the Jim Crow laws
  • Identifying Alabamians who made contributions in the fields of science, education, the arts, politics, and business during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    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.
  • Describing how technological advancements brought change to Alabamians, including the telephone; refrigerator; automobile; television; and wireless, Internet, and space technologies
  • Relating Alabama's economy to the influence of foreign-based industry, including the automobile industry
  • SS2010 (11) United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
    10. Describe the impact of World War II on the lives of American citizens, including wartime economic measures, population shifts, growth in the middle class, growth of industrialization, advancements in science and technology, increased wealth in the African-American community, racial and ethnic tensions, Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (G. I. Bill of Rights), and desegregation of the military. [A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.k.]
  • Describing Alabama's participation in World War II, including the role of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Aliceville Prisoner of War (POW) camp, growth of the Port of Mobile, production of Birmingham steel, and the establishment of military bases (Alabama)