Political Hero: James Larkin

James Larkin was born on the 21st of January, 1876, in Liverpool, England. Mr. James Larkin was an extremely hard-working and dedicated man. He provided his services as an Irish labor organizer, activist, and folk hero.

Life Prior To Adult Life

First off, James Larkin was born on January 21, 1876. He began his life in the rather ghetto part of Liverpool, England and he ultimately grew up in those exact ghettos.

James Larkin had little-to-no good, high-quality education.

Larkins family struggled to make ends meet, therefore he began working multiple jobs as a kid. As a young labor worker, James Larkin eventually discovered a job as a foreman at docks in Liverpool.

Larkin Became More Involved

As a young, developing adolescent Larkin became a very in-depth socialist. He genuinely thought that workers were treated in a very harsh, cruel, and unhuman-like way. Therefore, Larkin joined the National Union of Dock Labourers, where he eventually established himself as a full-time trade union organizer in the year 1905. Read more: James Larkin | Ireland Calling and James Larkin | Biography

As an organizer of the trade union, Larkin developed many strike methods that majorly disturbed the people of the National Union of Dock Labourers. Furthermore, in the year 1907 Larkin was sent to Dublin.

While living in Dublin, James Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, and he also established the Irish Labour Party.

In his very-own created unions, Larkin set out on a mission to bring every Irish industrial work together into one big organization. Furthermore, he was the lead role in a series of strikes that Dublin encountered.

In fact, the biggest strike that James Larkin became recognized by was the Dublin Lockout of 1913. It was arguably one of the biggest strikes the world has seen: Over 100,000 Dublin workers went on strike for eight whole months where they ultimately won that battle and secured their right to fair workplaces and employment!

Also, during the climax of World War I, Mr. Larkin traveled to the United States to increase funds to attack Britain. However, he was later convicted of criminal anarchy and communism and was deported back to Ireland a couple years after.

James Larkin died on January 30, 1947, in Dublin Ireland. However, his legacy lives on and will continue to do so forever!