Mr. Dooley’s Tales of Chicago Irish Assimilation


Irish-American Roots: A simple people? Mr. Dooley’s tales of Chicago Irish (male) assimilation

Through the satirical “Mr. Dooley” column by journalist Finley Peter Dunne, we will discuss how working-class Irish men responded to American colonization and becoming part of the “Anglo-Saxon race”. This glimpse into the ambivalence of the working-class Chicago Irish in the nineteenth century will guide our dialogue of what it all means to the Irish diaspora today. 

The title is alluding to the Dooley quote: “A simple people! ‘Simple, says ye!’ remarked Mr. Dooley. ‘Simple like th’ air or th’ deep sea.”

The instructor will provide online readings.

3 Zoom sessions. Wednesdays. 8 – 9:15 pm. February 15 – March 1.  

Class fee: $75

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Education Program of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail it to the Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Erick Boustead at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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