By the 1880s, the Irish community in Chicago was no longer fresh off the boat. Many of them had been residents of America for at least twenty years, and a second-generation was coming of age. They stood between two realities: that of the “native” white Chicagoans and the new wave of immigrants from Eastern Europe and China. As a community, these Irish-Americans attempted to create for themselves a place in the American community, in its past, its present, and its future, while also distancing themselves from the newly arriving immigrants. Irish-Americans’ contributions to printed media from the turn of the century, especially that in newspapers, is the basis for this presentation. A prominent figure in the Chicago Evening Post was Peter Finley Dunne, author of a weekly humor column featuring Mr. Martin Dooley. Dooley became the voice of the Irish-American community during the period.
Rebecca Canovan, ’06 Janesville, WI
Majors: History, English, Politics
Sponsor: Catherine Stewart