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Steamy Montgomery has the unique distinction of being the birthplace of both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Most attractions in the city speak to these events, and are all within walking distance of the downtown core. As the first capital of the Confederacy and today the capital of Alabama, Montgomery has several impressive political sights, including the state capital building and Jefferson Davis's home - the first white house of the Confederacy. Civil Rights sights include the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, whose exhibits recreate Parks's bus-seat protest and give good history on the Selma-Montgomery Civil Rights March that ...

Steamy Montgomery has the unique distinction of being the birthplace of both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Most attractions in the city speak to these events, and are all within walking distance of the downtown core. As the first capital of the Confederacy and today the capital of Alabama, Montgomery has several impressive political sights, including the state capital building and Jefferson Davis's home - the first white house of the Confederacy. Civil Rights sights include the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, whose exhibits recreate Parks's bus-seat protest and give good history on the Selma-Montgomery Civil Rights March that brought the broiling issues of hatred, racial tension and segregation to Alabama's doorstep. Despite Montgomery's weighty history, the city today is a quiet, peaceful place tucked alongside the Alabama River. The city has some excellent cultural attractions, too, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, both of which are located in the stunning Blount Cultural Park.

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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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    The Alabama Shakespeare Festival runs from March through July, so that's a great time to visit.