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ALABAMA. Page 1. ALABAMA HISTORY PROJECT . Hayden H. January 30, 2012 4 th grade Mrs. Hagler. Page 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS SLIDE 1………..Favorite thing in Alabama SLIDE 21………Alabama Attraction # 2 SLIDE 2………..State of Alabama SLIDE 22…….. Alabama Attraction # 3

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Hayden H.

January 30, 2012

4th grade Mrs. Hagler

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SLIDE 1………..Favorite thing in Alabama SLIDE 21………Alabama Attraction # 2

SLIDE 2………..State of Alabama SLIDE 22…….. Alabama Attraction # 3

SLIDE 3………..Alabama Indian report SLIDE 23………Alabama Attraction # 4

SLIDE 4………..Hank Aaron report SLIDE 24………Alabama Attraction # 5

SLIDE 5………..Alabama State Song SLIDE 25………Information about

SLIDE 6 ……….Alabama State Flag Hayden Hughes

SLIDE 7………..Alabama State Seal

SLIDE 8………..Alabama State Tree

SLIDE 9………..Alabama State Bird

SLIDE 10………Alabama State Flower

SLIDE 11……...Alabama State Fish

SLIDE 12………Alabama State Coat of Arms

SLIDE 13………Governor Robert Bentley

SLIDE 14………President Barack Obama

SLIDE 15………Alabama Article #1

SLIDE 16………Alabama Article #2

SLIDE 17………Alabama Article #3

SLIDE 18………Alabama Article #4

SLIDE 19………Alabama Article #5

SLIDE 20………Alabama Attraction # 1

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My Favorite Thing about Alabama

My favorite thing about Alabama is Lake Eufaula. Lake Eufaula is a 45,000 acre lake on the Chattahoochee River. It is 96 feet deep in some places. It is located between Alabama and Georgia. You can camp at the lake if you want to. Some places to camp are Bluff Creek, Cotton Hill, Hardridge Creek, and White Oak. Lake Eufaula is my favorite thing about Alabama because I can go skiing, tubing, swimming and kneeboarding. You can also go fishing at the lake. I love to go on the fourth of July and see the fireworks. Every year we ride out on the boat and see all the fireworks. Riding on the boat and seeing other people ski and kneeboard is so much fun. I like to see my daddy drop a ski or turn around backwards on the kneeboard. This is why Lake Eufaula is my favorite thing about Alabama.

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Alabama the Beautiful

Alabama was the 22nd state in the United States. Alabama became a state on December 14, 1819. Our states’ abbreviation is AL. Our state capital is Montgomery, but the largest city in Alabama is Birmingham. Our state has a population of about 4,447,100 people. We call the people who live in Alabama; Alabamians. The state’s nickname is the Heart of Dixie or the “Yellowhammer State”. The state motto is “we Dare Defend Our Rights” and our state song is Alabama. Some people say that the Alabama means “tribal town” in the language of the Creek Indians that used to live here. Alabama has a total of 67 counties and I live and go to school in Dale County. The highest point in Alabama is Cheaha Mountain which is 2,407 feet. Most Alabamians work in the areas of cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, poultry and livestock. The major rivers are the Tombigbee riverand the Chattahoochee river. Alabama’s major lakes are Guntersville Lake, Wilson Lake , Martin Lake, West point Lake, and Lewis Smith Lake. There were some temporary places for the state capital which were in Huntsville, Cahaba and Tuscaloosa before it came to Montgomery. Some nicknames that were used for the place of the state capital was “goat hill”, “Lafayette Hill”, and “Capitol Hill”. On December 14, 1849, the capitol was destroyed by a fire. I enjoyed visiting the capitol in Montgomery with my family.

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Alabama Indians

There are four great Indian tribes in Alabama. They were the Muscogees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and the Cherokees. Desoto found at least four of the tribes. The Cherokees lived mostly in northeast Alabama. Desoto found them along the Coosa river. The name given to the land they lived on and called their capital was Chiaha. They had a lot of fights with the white settlers from the Carolinas and Tennessee. Some of their chiefs were John Ross, Elias Boudinot, and Major Ridge. The Cherokees did write down some laws to help control their tribe. The Chickasaws lived on the head waters of the Tombikbee and Yazoo. The Chickasaws were the most courageous of all the tribes and tribes said they were hard to fight against. Levi Colbert was the chief of their tribe. The Chickasaw Indians were forced off their land in 1834. The Choctaws lived in the southwest and western portion of Alabama. The Choctaws were friends of the French, and other whites, and not so mean to the other tribes. Homastubbee was the medal chief of the northern district, Puckshenubbee was the chief of the western district, and Pushmataha was the chief of the southeastern district. The Muscogees were the most powerful nation north of the Gulf of Mexico. The lived mostly in Tallapoosa and Chattahoochee. Some names given to the people on the tribe were hillabees, Cowetas, and Ocfuskees. The Muscogees had a big war with the whites. One of their chiefs was called Big Warrior. Big Warrior was born in Alabama and a pure-blood Indian.

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Hank Aaron

A Famous Alabamian

Hank Aaron grew up to be a famous Alabamian. He is a legend to the game of baseball. Hank Aaron was born in a poor black section of Mobile, Alabama on February 5, 1934. He went to school at Central High School in Mobile. At the age of 17, he quit school to play baseball for the Indianapolis Clowns. He led his team to victory in the 1952 World Series. At the age of 20, he got his major league start with the Atlanta Braves. In 1959; his yearly salary was about $30,000. Hank Aaron played baseball for 23 years of his life with the Atlanta Braves. Everybody knows that he broke the record for the most career homeruns. He hit 755 homeruns in his career which was a record that was not broken for 20 years. When Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record, over 3,000 letters came into the Braves office. Some of those letters were to congratulate him and others were to criticize him. Some people were shocked that a black man would break baseball’s biggest record. After retiring as a player, Hank Aaron still made a name for himself. He became the Atlanta Braves executive vice-president, where he hired more black baseball players to play with the Braves. He was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1982. Today, the Hank Aaron award is given each year to the best hitter in each league. Hank Aaron is a good example of a person that came from a small poor town in Alabama and make a name for himself all over the world.

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Brave and pure thy men and women,

Better this than corn and wine

Make us worthy, God in Heaven

Of this goodly land of Thine.

Hearts as open as thy doorways.

Liberal hands and spirits free.

Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee.

Little, little can I give thee,

Alabama, mother mine.

But that little - hand, brain, spirit.

All I have and am are thine.

Take, O take, the gift and giver.

Take and serve thyself with me.

Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee.

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Freshwater – Largemouth Bass

Saltwater – Fighting Tarpon

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Governor Bentley was elected Governor of Alabama on November 2, 2010. Governor Bentley graduated from Shelby County High School and went to college at the University of Alabama. He majored in Chemistry and Biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in three years. After graduating from the University, he began his medical studies at The University of Alabama School of Medicine. During his first year of medical school, he met Dianne Jones and they were married in 1965. He received his medical degree in 1968 and worked at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham. He joined the United States Air Force as a general medical officer. Dr. Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served two terms in the State House. He declared his candidacy for Governor in 2009. He lives in Tuscaloosa and has four boys.

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President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. President Obama worked his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans. He went to law school where he was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He lived in Chicago where he worked in the Illinois State Senate. He was elected the 44th president of the United States on November 4, 2008 and was sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife Michelle Obama live at the White House with two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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Gilmore voted into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

By: JON JOHNSONPublished: November 30, 2011

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Former NBA basketball great Artis Gilmore only played one year of high school basketball in Dothan, but it was during that senior season the 7-foot-2 center began blossoming into a star.

His talents will be recognized in this state on May 12 when he’s inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in Birmingham.

“I’m tremendouslyhonored,” Gilmore said by phone from Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday afternoon. “I’m already starting to make preparations to make the trip in May.”

Gilmore, who played 12 years in the NBA after a six-year career in the defunct ABA, is one of eight in the class of 2012 that was announced on Wednesday.

Gilmore enters the ASHOF in the modern category along with former Alabama linebacker E.J. Junior, former Auburn offensive lineman Steve Wallace, former Alabama High School Athletic Association executive director Dan Washburn, NFL hall of famer Andre Tippett and Bryan Kirkland, a gold medalist in the 2008 Paralympic Games.

Entering the hall in the old-timers’ category will be Alabama athletics director Mal Moore and former college football coach Charley Pell.

Born and raised in Chipley, Fla., Gilmore moved in with friends in Dothan during his senior year of high school in hopes of improving his skills.

“In the summertime, we didn’t have any recreational programs in Chipley,” Gilmore remembered. “We would go to Dothan once a week, where they had a real nice recreation center.”

It was during some of those trips to Dothan to play pick-up games of basketball that Gilmore realized he may have a better opportunity to progress by moving there for his final year of high school in 1967.

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BCS on Bama's minds: Tide holds solid lead for No. 2 position

The acronym echoed through the emptying Jordan-Hare Stadium early Saturday evening. Having just avenged its most crushing defeat in Iron Bowl history, the few thousand Alabama fans in attendance quickly changed gears.

A 42-14 pounding of Auburn, paired with a string of unlikely upsets elsewhere, put Alabama in a familiar place under foreign circumstances.

Barring another unforeseen twist in fate, the No. 2 Crimson Tide is all but assured a spot in the Jan. 9 BCS title game. And that most likely would be a rematch with No. 1 LSU in its own backyard.

Alabama coach Nick Sabanmade his case with the voters and computer polls that determine who plays for the crystal football in the New Orleans. He actually holds a ballot in the USA Today coaches poll and chuckled when asked if Alabama would be in his top two.

Nothing is official until the final BCS standings are released next Sunday, but Alabama holds a healthy lead over No. 3 Oklahoma State in the version released last night. The coaches poll and the Harris Interactive poll make up two-thirds of the BCS formula, with six computer polls combining for the rest.

Should everything fall into place, Alabama would be the first SEC school to play for the BCS title without going through the league title game.

The Tide's 9-6 overtime loss to LSU ultimately sent the Tigers to Saturday's SEC title game with Georgia. At the time, that Nov. 5 setback appeared to knock Alabama from title contention, though it slipped to just No. 3 in the BCS standings.

Then undefeated Stanford (No. 4) and Boise State (No. 5) lost the following Saturday eliminating two major contenders.

That left No. 2 Oklahoma State in the way. Then unranked Iowa State, coached by former Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, stunned the Cowboys in overtime Nov. 18.

The door swung open, and Alabama walked through by beating Georgia Southern on Nov. 19, then Auburn on Saturday.

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Holiday Happenings

Family friendly activities abound across the River Region this Christmas season

11:53 AM, Dec. 1, 2011 |

It may seem early to gather a listing of upcoming holiday events in the area, but, "Bring on the holidays -- now!" is a trend on the rise everywhere. Maybe people just want to celebrate as soon as they can. There is no time to waste, after all, Christmas will be here before you know it. And besides, we can all use some good cheer. In the first half of December alone, there is something going on nearly every day. Here's an example of some of the festivities:


· At 5:15 p.m., gather at the Capitol for the Governor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, then line the streets of downtown for the annual Capital City Christmas Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. (If you're hungry in the interim, food vendors will be set up along the route by 5:30 p.m.)

The parade begins at the steps of the Capitol and ends at Court Square Fountain. After the parade, the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting will take place around 7:30 p.m. at Klein Park, directly across from the fountain. This year's parade features 100 entries.

· From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, catch the Fruit­cake Expo in Old Alabama Town, which also will be lit up and open to visitors throughout the month. The event, at 301 Columbus St., features arts and crafts by local artisans. 240-4500.

Coming up

· From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and then Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, the Governor's Man­sion Candlelight Open House will open its doors to guests. The mansion is at 1142 S. Perry St. Guests can pick up free tickets at the Governor's Mansion Gift shop across the street on Finley Ave. and then proceed to the Hill House next to the mansion.

· At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Jack­son Hospital Foundation cel­ebrates its Lights of Love ceremony, with a towering tree decorated with orna­ments in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Visit or call 293-6940.

· From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Auburn Montgomery will showcase the work of lo­cal vendors at its Holiday Market, held in the school's Taylor Center. It is free and open to the public.

· At 7 p.m. Dec. 9, it's the 30th annual Glenn Miller concert at the Troy Universi­ty Davis Theatre for the Per­forming Arts. The U.S. Air Force "Airmen of Note" per­form big-band swing and hol­iday music, in the style of band leader Glenn Miller, who was stationed at Max­well in 1942. Admission is free, but non-perishable food donations are encouraged. Call 953-3500 or go to

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Alabama’s State Capitol is

Montgomery, Alabama

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Alabama’s Steamboat

in Montgomery, Alabama

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Hayden H.

I am 10 years old and my birthday is December 19, 2001. I was born in Dale County and I live in Echo, Alabama. My parents are Heath and Brandy Hughes. I have two sisters. Callie is 7 and Holland is 18 months. I love to play softball, draw, play with my 15 cousins, and spend time at the lake. My family loves the University of Alabama! We all say Roll Tide Roll! My favorite thing to do with my family is to go to the mountains.

Roll Tide Roll!

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