Alabama's Pride

In population, Mobile, Ala. ranks far down the list of U.S. cities (118th by the 1940 census). But in foreign trade (imports) it is the nation's No. 6 seaport. Last week, at a seafood-gumbo celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mobile's Alabama State Docks, Alabamians made claim to even greater distinction: they crowed that their port was the most modern in the U.S.

Before it got around to building Mobile's docks, the state of Alabama had worried long and listlessly about the decay of its only seaport. But once started, Alabama moved fast....

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