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The Heart of Dixie

The first in the 50 States Series on the Daily Paul.


Alabama is rich in its history showcasing some of the most unique and picturesque Victorian architecture in the south.

It has a rather surprisingly diverse topography. Alabama is divided into four major physiographic regions: the Gulf Coastal Plain, Piedmont Plateau, Ridge and Valley section, and Appalachian (or Cumberland) Plateau. The physical characteristics of each province have significantly affected settlement and industrial development patterns within the state. http://www.city-data.com/states/Alabama-Topography.html

a topo map


Going back into the 15th century we know that Alabama was occupied by Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek Indians. As a matter of fact the name Alabama comes from what is believed to be a Creek Indian term (meaning "tribal town"). Other sources claim it is derived from the Choctaw Indian language, translating as "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers."

In this era what is now known as Alabama was explored by a Spaniard named Alonso Álvarez de Pineda.


Though not the first Europeans to view present-day Alabama—a distinction due to the expeditions of either Alonso Álvarez de Pineda (1519) or Pánfilo de Narváez (1528)—Soto and his men were the first to explore the interior. The Soto expedition landed on the west coast of the Florida Peninsula on May 30, 1539, with 513 soldiers, their servants, and 237 horses. The force proceeded to terrorize and enslave the region's Native American inhabitants throughout its march northward toward Apalache (present-day Tallahassee) in quest of gold.

Moving forward to 1756 - 1763 - The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.


1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America.
1803 The southern section was claimed by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land.

1813 - 1814: The Creek Indian War - At the start of the 1500's the Creeks occupied nearly all of southeast United States. Their defeat at the battle in Lumpkin County (Georgia) near Slaughter Gap forced them farther and farther West opening up settlements within Alabama.

The Date that Alabama was admitted to the Union - December 14, 1819. The Constitution: Alabama was the 22nd State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - Audemus jura nostra defendere - motto translated as " We Dare Defend Our Rights "



1836 - 1837: The Second Creek War (Seminole War) in which Creek warriors were defeated at Hobdy's Bridge South Alabama
Andrew Jackson was a key character in this three part war on the Indian Tribes. This is a fascinating subject by itself and I encourage you to read about it.


1832-1839: Removal of the Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek Indians, known as the "Five Civilized Tribes" to Indian Territory. This was also the begining of the Trail of Tears.

Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, but when Alabama seceded from the Union, the northeastern county of Winston seceded from Alabama. Alabama seceded from the Union because Alabama was one of the states where it was allowed to hold slaves and the other states wouldn't allow it so Alabama wanted to be part of the CSA so they could hold slaves so they seceded from the USA.


Mises.org has a non mainstream view of secession in the United States that needs to be more thoroughly explored. but since its not on topic of this post I will offer a link to Secession,State & Liberty

Moving forward, after the Civil War some notable historic people emerged from this great state.

Did you know this is where the Tuskegee Airman were from? The Tuskegee Airmen s the popular name of a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. All black military pilots who trained in the United States (including five Haitians) trained at Moton Field, located in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Alabama is also the birthplace of the civil rights movement producing iconic historical figures such as Rosa Parks and Dr Martin Luther King.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Here is a controversial Governor from Alabama named George Wallace that was candidate for the US Presidency while an assassination attempt was made on his life. Here he is talking about State Rights.

Too bad he was a racist....he would have been good.

From an Industry standpoint, Alabama was important to our economy having some of the best natural resources for producing steel. Birmingham was founded on June 1, 1871 by real estate promoters who sold lots near the planned crossing of the Alabama & Chattanooga and South & North railroads. The site of the railroad crossing was notable for the nearby deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone-the three principal raw materials used in making steel. Its founders adopted the name of England's principal industrial city to advertise the new city as a center of iron and steel production. Despite outbreaks of cholera, the population of 'Pittsburgh of the South' grew from 38,000 to 132,000 from 1900 to 1910, attracting rural white and black migrants from all over the region. Birmingham experienced such rapid growth that it was nicknamed "The Magic City." By the 1920s, Birmingham was the 19th largest city in the U.S and held more than 30% of the population of the state. Heavy industry and mining were the basis of the economy.

Chemical and structural constraints limited the quality of steel produced from Alabama’s iron and coal. These materials did, however, combine to make ideal foundry iron. Because of low transportation and labor costs, Birmingham quickly became the largest and cheapest foundry iron-producing area. By 1915 twenty-five percent of the nation’s foundry pig iron was produced in Birmingham.


Alabama takes great pride in their sports teams and music. The great Bear Bryant who coached at the University of Alabama still is a state hero for his major success in collegiate football.

This post is very long winded and I will wrap it up and summarize it with this.

I learned Alabama is rich with the spirit of Liberty, Industry and Resistance. There are some very dark spots here but it fostered the defiance of good Americans such as Martin Luther King and the Tuskegee Airman.

My next segment will be titled "North to the Future" a look at Alaska. Please let me know what you think about this post and please bring on the comments whether they are about the post itself, the content or a debatable subject within.


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I would agree that there is much evidence that many accounts in the historical ledger are manufactured to support one version or another. I am sure if you talked with the mexican historians you likely will receive an alternate version.

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The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


I volunteer as a docent for our historical society (I love history, the gift conspiracy theory gave me).. When I began going to Catholic mass nearly four years ago, I met a Mexican women (who became my sponcer/ "God Mother".. My Aunt is my God Mother for my baptism.. my parents were not catholic or even christian.. so why I was baptized.. no one knows what my Mother was thinking and she passed.. so anyways) as I get to know this woman, she begins telling me that her family is on record for being in the area for over 300 years. Her family survived the Mexican American war and watched CA Mexico become the USA.. and I see that the Catholic Church continues to be the central base for the Mexican community in a way unlike the Anglo community, or Asian Pacific Islanders..

I now see that there are overlapping histories and communities, both are aware on a superficial level of the other.. and when I began researching the Catholic Church in our historical society, it doesn't exist, nor do the Mexicans exist.. the Chinese exist, and we have artifacts from when they labored for the logging and rail systems.. but we have not one Mexican artifact.

So get this.. as my life would have it, I came across a book 1873 Ezra Carr, University of CA Berkeley, "Granges of the Pacific Northwest", and in that book, it tells of the massive grip the Catholic Church had in this area.. millions of head of cattle, lumbering redwoods and cedar for galleons, oaks for barrels, they had goats, sheep and were growing vines and other crops for global trade.. Navarro was growing wine for the vatican.. So there was a huge agricultural industry, the Indians were the laborers as they were the most abundant human, apparently many worked with the Catholic Church for centuries before the pilgrams became pioneers and crossed the Sierras to the Pacific coast.

I became a 7th degree Granger to access more history, as their history goes back to 1865... they won't let me touch it.. and same for the Catholic Church.. "what was is no more, so let go of the past and let God move you to be fruitful today".

And isn't it interesting how secular life is adopting Catholic holidays? Recently we went through three days of "Day of the Dead".. in the Catholic Church we have "All Souls Day".. same kind of idea, same day.. but the former is secular.

It makes me wonder about the future, as it seems life morphs, but really, it does not change even when it does.

Also "Hart of Dixie" (No, I am not making a sick joke.)

If you are familiar with the series "Hart of Dixie," which takes place in the fictional town of Bluebell, Alabama, you will know that the show involve many interracial couples (which, personally, I think is great; too many beautiful women, too little time). I live in Savannah, Georgia, see many, many interracial couples, and do not remember the last time I saw even a disapproving glance.

Of course, there are not too many women, of any ethnic background, who can match Antoinette Robertson. http://www.antoinetterobertson.com/Antoinette_Robertson/Welc...

You know, respect cost nothing and hurt nobody. Yet more violence has been committed due to the disregard of it than any other reason.

+1 I wouldn't give up my beautiful mixed race wife for


Not enough plus votes. Have to add pic:


I firmly believe that the only way we will defeat racism is to have mixed babies. :)

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

How about

if the way to defeat racism was to eliminate it from the self.

There's something really creepy to me about the idea of having babies to bring political change, though I know this happens for more than the idea of ending racism.

I think that racism is an individual's burden that corporate politics plays as a card to divide.. past West Virginia Robert Byrd was a great example because he explains that he joined the KKK when he was a young man because he heard that the blacks were coming to take away jobs.. his job included. After a few meetings it became clear to him that the KK was being created and played as a pawn, because the owners of the shipyard where he worked were bringing the blacks there, offering them the jobs for less pay.. and they KK was created to make a cover.. whites against blacks.. when the truth was, the ship yard didn't want to pay so much in labor and found it profitable to replace the labor but needed a cover to do it.

It's what got him in the senate. He was called a racist his whole life for joining the KKK, and while I don't agree with Byrd politically being he used socialism as the tool to emancipate the black population from being used as specific pawns of industry, he did more for integrating the black population into main stream America than most politicians of his time, and one reason the Democratic Party has so many black members. But that is changing.. Men like Ben Carson (no I won't vote for him and not because he's black.. he's way more everything wonderful than Obama, who is mixed race, not black, IMO)

Anyways.. maybe it's just the hippy in me when it comes to kids, but love children who come into this world to parent who are in love no matter what race.. that's bliss to me.

I am firmly hoping that we can overcome our differences

without making everyone look, act and talk, and believe the same way. However, you've got a point. Perhaps if people did not have racial differences, there would be no racial conflict.

I think that there is something in human nature that makes us self-identify with groups of various kinds, and if you look at the bloody history of US warfare over the last hundred odd years, in total mortality it was mostly white people who died as a result of our bombs. This was clearly not racial per se, but still some kind of group think.

When I think about Violet, I just want to thank God for the most beautiful woman in the world, and I really don't think of her as black, white, or Native American (her racial components, not sure about amounts), I think she's just the hottest chic on Earth.


Has gorgeous eyes and hair and skin and the sweetest lips, pretty teeth and appears far more huggable than any teddy bear I ever saw.

Congratulations to you both and may that beauty and love beaming from this picture, as I assume you took this picture and she is reflecting her LOVE for YOU.. I hope that continues to spread and resonate in other's hearts, like mine. Really beautiful. Thank you.

Thanks, Granger.

I honestly don't deserve her. She took the picture herself (I am a horrible photographer), but she has always told me that the best pictures she gets of herself are when she is thinking about me.

Her eyes are what melted my heart the first time I saw her. She has natural eyelashes longer and prettier than any fake ones. But the real beauty is INSIDE. She is not only huggable on the outside, but is so loving that a hug with her is eternal and timeless.

Granger, I have often disagreed with you but you are a really cool cat. I was never angry with you, just worried about you. Thanks for the well wishes.

My pleasure

I hope that one day you come to know that you honestly do deserve her because you saw her for what was all good within and had the brains (despite luck/fate) to have the guts to be a man and make her your wife. Anyone who doesn't like it is jealous (and probabaly should be).

People still downvoting you just because your name

is Granger? What you said was beautiful, and I can't see how anyone could take offense. Oh well, it has happened to me too. I offended some anti-immigrant folk with my defense of open borders, and the gang of them, in perfect sync, would down vote any post or comment of mine without even trying to determine if it was something they could agree with or not.

The way I see it

red is a lucky color.

Thank you for the kind words. Thanks for pointing out those eyelashes.. no kidding they are long! Stunning.

Count blessings... it's what makes the difference to me.

Awesome job. The photo of the slave with his welted back

was used by Gerry Spence in his book: Give Me Liberty! (referenced here)

Thanks for the reminder of his books - worth another look or a first...

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This is awesome

love the Alabama graphic, rock on!!

kind people rock

Thank you.

Bringing out some of the history of a state will attract criticism, but I find it interesting. I look forward to the other 49 because as AL, you will find the good, the bad and the ugly.

If you decide to do #51 District of Columbia, that's where I expect not much good to come out.

Heart of Dixie? Uh, not so sure about that top pic.

It looks like a PART of Dixie, a real important part to be sure but I think it's a bit south of the heart.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

S Pot

It's a Freudian thing for the "I hate porn" post

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Oh boy..

AL.. I lived next door in MS for about 7 years. You haven't experienced racism until you go to either state. Both states have huge black populations. When the population is divided pretty evenly and both sides have a deep distrust and hatred for one another, it creates a very heavy vibe.

I have quite a few stories of what I endured and witnessed in the deep south. To be frank, it sucked ass but I ignored it because I was making incredible money.

Lets just say, New Orleans is the only thing I miss about the deep south.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

What were the years

That you lived in the south?

I don't see that in my area of Alabama.

Maybe it's just who I choose to associate myself with?

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

Until last year..

I come from above the mason dixon line. Im sure MS is worse than AL is... although the experience I had in Birmingham made me not want to visit again.

It was beyond who I associated with. (I dont hang out with bigots and would not)I had to order food, buy a car and work. Maybe Im just sensitive. The first time I heard a white person tell a black person to 'Get outta this bar n*gger.' and it was as normal as apple pie to everyone there but me. I was floored.. never witnessed anything like it before. A bar in Biloxi, just outside Keesler AFB. Or another story of a guy from Kiln, MS that I bought my car from. Seemed like a nice guy until he told me the story of burning someones house down simply because they were not white. Or my bestfriend who worked as a granite countertop installer knocking on a door to do an install with his black co-worker and having a white man open the door with a gun and telling the black guy 'Get off my land n*gger.' I could go on.. but you get the gist of it.

Im not trying to group everyone together either. I just saw it recurring for the 7 years I was there. There are some awesome people in the south. I love the food, accents, music... but the underbelly of nastiness that I encountered ensured I won't be living in MS again.

I love NOLA and the AL coast though! Really pretty beaches.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

I apologize...

I didn't mean for that to sound like I was implying that you associate with bigots, but when I read it now it does come across that way.

What I meant was more along the lines of maybe I shelter myself (in a sense) from people like that... I'm way out in the woods.

Birmingham is the closest major city to me and I don't like to go there, either... when I was looking for a job I interviewed there for a good many positions. However, I was fortunate to find a really good position that didn't require me to commute that far.

Anyway, sorry you had a rough time in the south. I don't dispute that there are idiots among us down here at all. :)

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

No apology necessary at all!!

I had a lot of fun while I was there. I met some really awesome and talented people.. and I met some people that made me ashamed to be white. Ignorance isn't spared because of skin tones either. Black people treated me like crap on a number of occasions because of the fact Im white. In a serious note.. I found humor in being called Honkey and Cracker for the first time!

Being from the north, it was just a culture shock. There is racist behavior up here too.. its just not a part of the culture in a big way (in my experiences). NOLA is a unique place in America. The art, music, dance, food and people are unlike anywhere else in the country and I miss it so dearly. Once my daughter is out of school.. I will move back and more than likely die there.

There are idiots among us everywhere.. not just the south. Take a look at Congress!! :)

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul




Hopefully you'll Hammer the North just as Hard

Example: Rhode Island, the Hub of the Slave Trade.

And perhaps those that Bragged, that they Dominated the Slave Trade.

I look forward to it.

How did he hammer Alabama?

By calling George Wallace a racist?

Rhode Island

Can't wait

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Daily Paul:

Is an awesome site with awesome people!

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

George Wallace,

He was interesting, not sure he was a raciest, but many thought he was.
I remember some of his comments, "we don't need no briefcase toting bureaucrats down here in Alabama". Now it seems anyone who supports the 10th Amendment is accused of racism. Wallace saw the over step of the federal government long before many did, but because of the race issue he was discounted.


perhaps his reference to segregation was taken out of context?


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Emanuel McLittle?

Ever heard of him? he is a black Paleo Conservative psychologist, A rare breed I dare say.
He has an interesting take on Segregation, he published it in '03 over at News With Views: http://newswithviews.com/EmanuelMcLittle/mclittle5.htm

I like the guy a lot. Here are his archives, powerful stuff: http://newswithviews.com/EmanuelMcLittle/mclittleA.htm