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James Larkin – The Great Activists

James Larkin, the man whose Irish descent did not choose his path in life, rose to be one of the names that bore greatness of all time. Trade union movements in England were not a new thing. Neither was it in other countries like the United States of America.

Workers had learned the importance of their rights, and what to do in order to achieve them. However, one thing they lacked was resilience and boldness. These two traits are what made James Larkin one of the greatest leaders ever.

Born into poverty, James Larkin yearned while he was still a child to find a purpose for his life. He not only worked hard whenever he got a chance but also worked with all his heart because he did it for the people he loved. James knew that without family he would be nobody. He, therefore, did not wish his children growing up under the same conditions as he did.

He moved from the slums which had homed him for quite some time and went to the docks where he found employment. Learn more about James Larkin: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm and http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html

His first job was that of a sailor. Sailing was not one of his great gifts, and neither was docking. But he had to do them all for survival. He knew that at the end of it all, his family would reap benefits of his hard work and persistence.

He then got himself involved with trade unionism when his socialism ideologies overwhelmed him. The National Union of Dock Laborers is where he first began his movement. He yearned to show the other trade unionists how much could be achieved with boldness in what they did. His courage is what got him kicked out of NUDL.

He then decided that he was not going to lie on his back and watch hi Irish mates being maltreated. He united them under the organization he gave the name ITGWU. He did not do it all by himself but was supported by his friend, James Connolly.

Together, they brought a lot of changes and also reaped many achievements. Despite the fact that both James Connolly and Jim Larkin died before they were old enough, their satisfaction with the work they had done was enough.