David M. Battles is an American Studies scholar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He holds three degrees from the University of Alabama, including a minor in music, two degrees in American Studies (American Culture), and an MLIS in Library Studies. His books include Yea, Alabama! A Peek into the Past of One of the Most Storied Universities in the Nation, Volume 1 (1819 through 1871); Yea, Alabama! A Rare Glimpse into the Private Diary of the University of Alabama, Volume 2 (1871 through 1901); The History of Public Library Access for African Americans in the South, or, Leaving Behind the Plow; and Miss Crimson Explains “Yea, Alabama!” to Children (Yea Alabama for Children, Volume 1). Mr. Battles is also known for his children’s music method books and children’s musicals. Visit YeaAlabama.net to peruse all Mr Battles’ works.