Not all heros in history are well known in the general population. These are unsung heros who are more into the passion of the cause than being in a social studies book. An example of this type of man is James Larkin.
Born in 1874, he was a hero in his own time and social circles. His work has paved the way for everyone who works today.
An Irish Hero
If you have not heard of the man who organized the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, you are about to. James Larkin was an Irish labor organizer and activist who founded the.
He believed seriously in Karl Marx’s ideas known as Marxism, meaning that society changes depending on economic factors of production.
Not always a famous folk hero, James Larkin had a rough start in the sound of his hometown of Liverpool. His family was extremely poor and he was forced to work early to keep the family going.
Jim Larkin worked many odd jobs as a young boy until his big break as a foreman down at the docks of Liverpool.
This is where is socialist fire was ignited and he joined the National Union of Dock Laborers where he was extremely successful! He acquired a position S a trade organiser by 1905.
Too Much For This Union
He believed in militant strikes and was moved to Dublin 2 years later. This is where he created the union which united all industrial workers. It didn’t matter If you were an expert in your trade or a new apprentice.
All were welcome. Afterwards he created the Irish labor party that had numerous lockouts for long periods of time. He helped all Irish workers gain fair wages.
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