Alabama is a great state. If you’re from here you know how much the Yellowhammer State has to offer. From Mobile and the Gulf Coast up to Birmingham and all the way to Huntsville and beyond, we here in the Heart of Dixie love our state.
Here are 10 good reasons we are proud to call Alabama home:
- Classic Southern Literature: Alabama native Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. We could just stop there, at maybe the most celebrated novel of the 20th century, but we won’t. How about Truman Capote? He and Lee actually lived near each other in Monroeville, where Capote was raised after his mother abandoned him. Capote’s works, including In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are American classics. Fannie Flagg of Fried Green Tomatoes fame and Forrest Gump author Winston Groom were both in Alabama as well.
- Our Music: Go back to the great days of Muscle Shoals, where legendary recordings by Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett were laid down with a famous backing band. All-time greats like The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and more all recorded in this small town. Oh, and speaking of Alabama music, how about the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd tune (even though the band’s from Florida)?
- Legendary Athletes: Simply put, the American athletic landscape would not be what it is today without the amazing contributions and achievements from Alabama athletes. Baseball greats Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Satchel Paige all call Alabama home. Football legends Bo Jackson, Ozzie Newsome and Bart Starr are all Alabama natives, too. Mia Hamm, possibly the most famous women’s soccer player of all time, is is from Alabama. So is Jesse Owens, the iconic Olympian, and basketball star Charles Barkley.
- College Football: We may be just the 23rd most populated state in the country, but we have 17 national championships in college football – 15 for the University of Alabama and 2 for Auburn. And we’ve been incredibly dominant lately. Our little state has home to the winner of a whopping four of the last six national titles, including all four championships from 2009 to 2012 (Alabama in 2009, 2011, and 2012; Auburn in 2010). Both teams are perennially dominant both nationally and in the Southeastern Conference. Whether you root for the Tiger or Roll Tide with Nick Saban and crew, you can count on the Iron Bowl between the two teams being one of the most riveting games of the year.
- Barbecue: We know barbecue. Alabama is home to some of the best brisket, ribs, collard greens, grits and barbecue chicken in the country. We love to show it off in our restaurants, at festivals and in competitions. Our atmosphere and southern hospitality make these venues great, but our food really seals the deal.
- Training Engineers: Our state has 13 universities with accredited engineering programs, preparing some of our country’s best engineers to make some amazing advancements in our nation’s biggest industries. Auburn and the University of Alabama at Huntsville continually rank as among the nation’s top engineering schools.
- Peanuts…Lots of Them: We all love peanuts, and Alabama is one of our nation’s top producers of that salty, crunchy treat. About 200,000 acres of Southern Alabama, near the Gulf Coast, is used for peanut farming. The city of Dothan is the known as the peanut capital of the world. We rank behind only Georgia and Texas in peanut production. More than 400 million pounds of peanuts produced annually accounts for roughly $100 million per year for our state’s economy.
- We Train Astronauts: Some of our country’s best and brightest minds in space technology were trained and educated right here. Did you know that six past directors of the Kennedy Space Center and six astronauts graduated from Auburn? Another astronaut went to Troy and another went to the University of Alabama.
- We Build Rockets: Wernher von Braun was one of the pioneers of American space exploration, and he did most of his work in Huntsville. The German scientist arrived here in 1950. Working on ballistic missile projects for the U.S. Army and then for NASA, his projects — including the most powerful rocket ever built, the
— helped launch America into the space and landed us the first men on the moon.
- Southern Charm and Hospitality: The food, music and schools help make us proud to be from Alabama, but it’s our southern charm and hospitality that defines us. We work hard, but we know when to take it easy and sit on the porch and sip on some sweet tea. We speak with a twang and we’re proud to welcome anyone into our state. We’re home to the nicest, kindest, funniest and all around best people in the nation – and we’re proud of it.
Who We Are
At Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, we truly love our state, which is why we’re here to stand up for all Alabamians when they are hurt by someone else’s negligence and need compensation. Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury cases. Our consultations are always free.