Fiercely independent and resistant to outsiders, a portion of the state's white population enslaved a population nearly its own size to promote plantation cotton cultivation and became fabulously wealthy in the process.The arrogance of that wealth factored into the decision to secede from the Union in 1861, with disastrous consequences.Although Alabama continues to reside in the lower segment nationally in many significant social and economic rankings, there has been improvement in some areas, particularly in ethnic relations, including the integration of schools and the election of African Americans to political offices.Nevertheless, Alabamians and outsiders alike tend to agree that the state retains a distinctive way of life, rooted in the traditions of the Old South. Population (2010) 4,779,736; (2016 est.) 4,863,300. The character of the state changes markedly as the rugged, forest-clad hills and ridges of the Appalachian extremities give way to the lower country of the coastal plain.Perhaps the most important invention in British history, the industrial steam engine, was invented in Birmingham.
Farther south stretch piney woods and then coastal plains until one reaches the moss-draped live oaks of Mobile and the white beaches of the gulf.
The 53 miles (85 km) of coastline have occasional swamps and bayous, backed by timber growth on sandy soils and fronted by stretches of white sand beaches.
The Cumberland Plateau region drains to the northwest through the Tennessee River and the often deep valleys of its tributaries, with much water retained in large scenic lakes formed in the 1930s by the There are four main soil zones found in Alabama.
One of the first details Jessica wanted to tackle was the wedding gown. Photos by: Arden Photography Charlotte Thompson was planning to go out for drinks on a typical Friday night.
She found the perfect gown from California designer Monique Lhullier from Ivory & White in Crestline Village. It was nothing special, just your typical night out with friends.