Irish in Nebraska: The Political Arena

Dates: April 22, 2021

Meets: Th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Zoom Online

Registration Fee: $29.00

The Political Arena is the second part of the two-part treatment of Irish-American contributions to our state (formerly the Irish Diaspora in Nebraska). This portion of the course focuses on Irish-Americans in politics and is more closely centered on Omaha history post-1890. Overcoming the opposition of the anti-Catholic American Protective Association, Irish-Americans came of age politically in the early 20th Century through two avenue, legitimate electoral means and also through the influence of "boss" Dennison. Though Dennison was defeated by Reform efforts in the 1930s his political machine had a lasting impact on the political culture of Omaha. Overlapping with Dennison's era a very different Irish-Nebraskan, Father Edward J. Flannigan, would make a lasting impact on Omaha, and the world, through the creation of Boystown and his efforts with refugees during World War 2. Finally, we will examine the role South Omaha and labor movements played in mid-Century Nebraskan politics and the events that brought both Kennedy brothers to Omaha.


Students will utilize the Zoom conferencing application to complete this course. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent via email at least one day prior to the class start date. Students must provide a valid email address to receive the meeting invitation to enter the Zoom virtual classroom.

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Fee: $29.00

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