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On July 19, 2019

Bell Ringer: Iron Production in Alabama

Iron in Birmingham

This clip discusses the history of iron production in the Alabama (AL) city.


This bellringer focuses on the history of iron production in Birmingham, AL, and the effects on the city and nation.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is a blast furnace? Describe the process to make iron.
  • After the iron was produced at Sloss Furnaces, what was it used for?
  • Why was Birmingham a central location for mining and iron production? What role did railroads play in the growth of the city?
  • How did Birmingham get the nickname "Magic City?"

Additional Resources



    • Antebellum
    • Blast Furnace
    • Coal
    • Cylindrical
    • Entrepreneur
    • Foundry
    • Industrial Revolution
    • Mechanization
    • Ore
    • Pig Iron
    • Railroad
    • Slag


    Environmental Policy & Land UseGeographyState History


    Middle SchoolHigh School