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Anderson talks about caddies’ roles at Pinehurst

From left, Dr. Ryan Anderson, history professor of UNC-P, Ray Sheppard, Bladen Community College Director of Distance Learning and Dr. Amanda Lee, President, Bladen Community College


Dr. Ryan Anderson, a history professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, was a guest speaker Tuesday at Bladen Community College.

Dr. Anderson gave an interesting historic perspective of caddies’ roles at the world famous Pinehurst Golf Resort in the early beginnings of the resort.

Dr. Anderson shared that he started his education journey at a community college by earning an A.A. degree from Tallahassee Community College. He went on to obtain his B.S. in Social Science Education from Florida State University, a Masters in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University.

His scholarly endeavors explore the histories of youth, masculinity, and popular culture in America between 1877 and 1945. His book, Frank Merriwell and Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story (University of Arkansas Press, 2015) explores the historical roots of what Americans consider a “normal” childhood. His essays, talks, reviews, and online writing covers a range from advertising, gender, race, kids’ books, and more. At present, he is working on a history of Pinehurst Resort’s young African-American caddies.

Dr. Anderson oversees the American Studies minor at UNCP where he has received multiple teaching awards for his work in the History Department.

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