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Alabama State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList a-z
Bible Find out more  
Flag Find out more 1895
Bird Yellowhammer (Colaptes auratus) 1927
Song "Alabama," words by Julia S. Tutwiler and music by Edna Gockel-Gussen 1931
Coat of arms Find out more... 1939
Great seal Find out more 1939
Tree Southern Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris Miller) 1949
Saltwater fish Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) 1955
1975
Flower Camellia (Camellia japonica L.) 1959
Mineral Red Iron Ore (Hematite) 1967
Rock Marble 1969
Freshwater fish Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1975
Horse Racking Horse 1975
Game bird Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1980
American folk dance Square dance 1981
Nut Pecan 1982
Fossil Basilosaurus cetoides 1984
Horse show The Alabama Championship Horse Show 1988
Renaissance faire Florence Renaissance Faire ( Web site ) 1988
Butterfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) 1989
Insect Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1989
Mascot Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) 1989
Gemstone Star Blue Quartz 1990
Reptile Red-Bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) 1990
Shell Johnstone's Junonia (Scaphella junonia johnstoneae) 1990
Barbeque championship Christmas on the River Barbeque Cookoff 1991
Outdoor drama "The Miracle Worker" ( Web site ) 1991
Agricultural museum Dothan Landmarks Parks 1992
Horseshoe tournament Stockton Fall Horseshoe Tournament 1992
Historic theatre Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts 1993
Outdoor musical drama "The Incident at Looney's Tavern" 1993
Literary capital of Alabama Monroeville and Monroe County 1997
Quilt Pine Burr Quilt 1997
Soil Bama Soil Series 1997
Wildflower Oak-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia Bartram) 1999
Amphibian Red Hills Salamander (Phaeognathus hubrichti Highton, 1961) 2000
Fruit Blackberry (Rubus occidentalis L.) 2004
Spirit Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey 2004
Mammal Black bear (Ursus americanus) 2006
Tree fruit Peach 2006
Marine mammal West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) 2009

Sources...

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Alabama Official Emblems, Symbols, and Honors, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/emblems/emblems.html> (Accessed 7 December 2009)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Making laws in Alabama

The Alabama legislature offers Alabama Legislative History, providing information about the legislative bodies of Alabama beginning with the territorial period, and The Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in Alabama.

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Alabama House of Representatives: [ Alabama House of Representatives | Representatives by Name | Representatives by District ]

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Much of the business of making law is carried out in committees in the House of Representatives and committees in the Senate.

If you decide to visit the Alabama State House in Montgomery, The Visitor's Guide to the Alabama Legislature will help you to plan your visit.

Additional Information

Alabama Government: from NETSTATE.COM. A brief history of Alabama's road to statehood and information about the constitution, the three branches of Alabama government, the governor, the state motto, the state capitol, and more.

Alabama Official Emblems, Symbols, and Honors: from the Alabama Department of History and Archives.

Alabama Facts and Symbols
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Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Alabama Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major state symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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