As Assistant Professor of American Studies, Karl Lindholm's interests include the literature of baseball, the Negro leagues in particular, Vietnam War literature, the regional culture of northern New England, and cross-cultural literature. He earned his B.A.( English ) from Middlebury (1967) and holds a Ph.D in American Studies (American Literature) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Relevant recent publications include “’College Boys and Boozers’: Baseball in Vermont’s Northern League, 1905,” (Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game); and “Rumors and Facts: William Clarence Matthews’ 1905 Challenge to Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier,” (NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture). He also has written on the Vietnam War: "'Dickie, Nick, Varsity Jim, and Bye-Bye': Teaching a True War Story - Vietnam" (War, Literature, and the Arts); "'A Jungle in There': The Cross-Cultural Horror of the Vietnam War,"(Phi Beta Delta International Review); “Vietnam Stories (fiction): 1. ‘Sportswriter at Khe Sahn’; 2. ‘Ward Nine, Cardiac Convalescence’”(Elysian Fields Quarterly). He is completing two book-length projects: The Black Matty, a biography of William Clarence Matthews, an early black baseball pioneer and political figure, and a memoir of his teen-age years in Maine as a golf caddy, Caddy Camp: Of Boys, Men, Golf, and War. Karl Lindholm also writes a sports column for the local Middlebury newspaper, the Addison County Independent.
Dean Lindholm served in Student Affairs as Dean of Cook Commons, Atwater Commons Faculty Head, Dean of Students, and Dean of Advising.
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AMST0221 - Baseball's Negro Leagues
Segregation in America: Baseball's Negro Leagues
Like many aspects of American life, organized baseball was segregated, black and white, from the end of the 19th century to the mid 20th century. In this course we will examine the absorbing chronicle of baseball's "Negro leagues." We will learn about the great players and teams, and consider how this sporting phenomenon reflects American values and represents this period in our history. We will address important questions about sports and their cultural significance. What do sports tell us about ourselves and our past? Can we understand our cultural heritage by looking through the lens of sports, black baseball in this case? We will also consider how art is created from these historical roots. (Student who have taken FYSE 1004 or AMST 0223 are not eligible to register for this course.) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP NOR
Fall 2012, Spring 2015
AMST0500 - Independent Study
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AMST1016 - Baseball's Negro Leagues ▹
Segregation in America: Baseball’s Negro Leagues
In this course we will examine the African-American contribution to the National Pastime. Organized baseball was segregated, black and white, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. Within segregated black communities, amid the debilitating effects of a separate and unequal world, a rich culture emerged and an absorbing chronicle was written. We will learn about life in baseball's "Negro leagues," and the great black players and teams, and consider how this sporting phenomenon reflects American values and history. (Not open to students who have taken AMST 0221) HIS NOR WTR