David M. Battles is a scholar of American history and culture who holds a BA and an MA in American Studies, with focuses in music (with a minor in music as well), race, American history, and the South, as well as an MLIS in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Alabama. Mr. Battles draws upon his expertise in all these fields, as well as his intimate knowledge of the University of Alabama, to inform many of his books, including 

Yea, Alabama! A Peek into the Past of One of the Most Storied Universities in the Nation, Volume I: 1819–1871 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); 

Yea, Alabama! A Rare Glimpse into the Personal Diary of the University of Alabama, Volume II: 1871-1901, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); 

the soon to be published Rollllllllll Tide! The Uncensored Journal of the University of Alabama/Crimson Tide [Yea, Alabama! Series Volume 3—1901 through 1926]

and Miss Crimson Explains “Yea, Alabama!” to Children: Yea Alabama for Children, Volume I. Other volumes of the adult series and children's series are always being researched, written, and published by Mr. Battles.

Related to the Yea, Alabama series, Mr. Battles researched and designed the 2007–2008 primary online exhibit for the Bear Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The title of the project was “The Story Behind the Song.” The exhibit traced the origins of all the songs associated with the University of Alabama through 1926, when “Yea, Alabama!” was created and released.

Mr. Battles’ book on the Civil Rights era, The History of Public Library Access for African Americans in the South, Or, Leaving Behind the Plow, utilizes his expertise in the fields of southern studies, African American studies, and library history. It was published in 2009 by Scarecrow Press to stellar reviews from library, African American, and southern historical journals. 

In addition to his work in the above fields, Mr. Battles is also well-known as a lifelong musician and music educator. He teaches and writes music as a freelance artist, clinician, and educator. He has written several children's music methods for piano, children's musicals/cantatas, and music arrangement anthologies. 

He is well known for his various arrangements of the University of Alabama fight song, “Yea, Alabama!”   thus the reason for the title of these University of Alabama series.


Mr.   Battles currently owns and manages the websites and 

Mr. Battles enjoys   hearing from his readers. He also encourages anyone with unusual or unpublished   historical information (especially photos and anecdotes from students or   professors or fans) concerning the University of Alabama for the period 1926   through 1963 to contact him. 

Be sure to visit all the tabs/pages of this website in order to acquaint yourself with Mr. Battles' works. There is a SHOP page for purchases.


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