Population (1994): 4,219,000 (up 4.4% from 1990); 1.6% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 3,138,000; 1994 turnout, 38%
Median age: 33.0 years
Median household income: $23,597 ($8,667 below U.S. median)
Unemployment: 5.2% (0.4% below U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 41% Bush (R): 48% Perot (I): 11%
Congressional delegation: Five Democrats, four Republicans
Alabama is home to a long list of renowned black figures, from George Washington Carver to Nat King Cole to Jesse Owens, but it is perhaps best remembered for Selma and Birmingham and some of the most violent civil-rights skirmishes of the 20th century. Much...