featuring DR. DAVID BEITO – Dr. Beito is the author of Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression (1989); From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 (2000); The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (2002); and Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power (2009) which was co-authored by Professor Linda Royster Beito of Stillman College). Black Maverick is a biography of civil rights leader, surgeon, entrepreneur and self-help advocate,T.R.M. Howard, who was a mentor to Medgar Evards and Fannie Lou Hamer, and was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Bazzar magazine, and other publications.
Beito is the founder and one of the key contributors to the group weblog Liberty and Power, which is located at the History News Network.
He writes frequently on current controversies related to academic freedom and academic standards including the speech code issue, the Academic Bill of Rights, grade inflation, and the murder of Emmit Till. He is a former president of the Alabama Scholars Association. In February 2007, Beito was appointed to chair the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Dr. Beito was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and a Ph.D in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. Since 1994, he has taught at the University of Alabama, where he is a professor in history.
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