Folk Hero and Activist James Larkin was born on January 21, 1876, and later created the biggest union as a labor organizer without any extensive education founding the Irish Citizen Army.
Before becoming a full-time organizer in 1905, James Larkin was a socialist and his mission was committing himself to get workers fair pay and under fair work conditions. It wasn’t always easy trying to stand for what’s right, and having everyone on his side when it came to initiating strikes for workers, rather they were skilled or not skilled, they were not getting the wages they really deserved.
James Larkin had to experience some difficult obstacles getting his point across, because he did not want Irishmen to become involved in the First World War. He never resorted to violence being a labor organizer, instead his intention for strikes was out of peace and sympathy, and just wanting to boycott goods.
The most memorable strike to date James Larkin led was in 1913, being responsible for over 100,000 workers going on strike for about 8 months, but became a success winning the right to fair employment.
Everyone that associated themselves with Larkin was taken back from his presence and the undeniable force that worked thru him to have the rights of the people heard and felt, regardless if you were in agreement with his arguments or not.
The Irish press might of been against James Larkin for what he was trying to accomplish, but at the end of it all passing away in 1947, he had many supporters and people who still even appreciate him to this day for his unselfishness and being of service to them!
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