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Jim Larkin’s History

James Larkin’s first home was a slum in England. He studied in Liverpool for a while and started working from middays. His school schedule had to change because of what his family was going through back at home. When Jim was seven years old, he was so compassionate about the people who were close to him. One would imagine that he vowed to never let them down, because of the sacrifices he made for them.

 

His age soon turned 14, and with the fast moving, times came sorrow. His father was no more. James Larkin became many things including a docker and sailor, with an aim to raise funds for his good upbringing and also his family.

 

The job of sailing did not earn him much, so he quit and became a docker for the better part of his youth, until his recruitment to the most envied organization, the National Union of Dock Labourers. NUDL served both him and the community well, as it was dedicated to voicing the needs of workers of the Liverpool Docks and also other parts of England and Ireland.

 

Due to disagreements on leadership and Larkin’s rough methods in carrying out the union’s activities, he was asked to leave permanently. He was later arraigned in court for claims of embezzlement of union funds, a claim that Larkin denied. He was jailed for a few months before he was pardoned.

 

James Larkin then saw the properness of having an organization for uniting Irishmen, so ITGWU was started. He held the envied position of the Secretary-General, a post that would later come to be of much importance to him.

 

The Irish Labour Party soon came into formation with both Larkin and James Connolly on its leadership. The two friends led the Dublin Lockout which marked in the calendar of history, the greatest strike of 1913.

 

James Larkin then sought to fund against British men due to the war that had started. His US visit led to his subsequent arrest in 1920 and deportation in 1923. Not being weak hearted, he continued with union activities until he bid life bye in 1947.