What Alabama is Really Like
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You may be surprised to learn that Alabama has a world class, permanent Shakespeare Festival. But as you can see in the animation above, that gorgeous theater and lake are an important tourist and cultural attraction here in Alabama. And you can see also the opinions of the Festival in three of the best known papers in the United States, The New York Times, USA Today, and Variety. (By the way, you can click on the animation above to visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Web Site.)

Alabama has a fascinating past. Spanish explorers in the 1500's, French settlers in the 1700's. The first capital of the Confederate States of America. The home of the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (where most of America's space vehicles were designed and where America's future in space is being developed). The site of many important events in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and 1970's. The recent election of a progressive young governor.

The present and future of Alabama are also exciting. Did you know, for example, that just fifteen miles to the west of the Birmingham metropolitan area is the principal assembly plant for the new Mercedes-Benz Sports Utility Vehicle? Or that Mercedes is already considering proposals to expand the Alabama assembly plant to manufacture other Mercedes vehicles only a few miles away from Jefferson State Community College? Did you know that Japanese auto giant Honda has begun acquiring the land for construction of a major auto assembly plant just twenty or so miles to the east of Birmingham, Alabama?

And in October of 1999 Italian auto-maker FIAT announced that they will be building a factory to manufacture engine parts at Sylacauga, Alabama, just to the south of Birmingham.

If you are thinking about visiting Alabama, you will enjoy checking out some of the links below.


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