By the time of the outbreak of the First World War, Dublin-based trade union leader, Jim Larkin was a man struggling to find his place in the world after what was seen at the time as the failure of the 1913 Dublin Lockout.
The strike was the culmination of the growing unionism inspired by the arrival of Jim Larkin on the Dublin Docks in Ireland after he had been removed from his position as a union organizer in his home city of Liverpool in England.
Over the course of seven years in Ireland, Larkin had established the trade union movement as a major force in the nation and helped establish the Irish Labor Party alongside James Connolly.
As the First World War broke out, the socialist and republican views of Larkin came to the fore with his fervent anti-war views were shown in a series of demonstrations he hoped would keep as many Irish men out of service for the British Armed Forces as possible.
Jim Larkin obviously had a desire to assist as many people as possible in living a better life through his skills as a trade union organizer and political leader. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/ and
However, Larkin always wished to raise his own profile and develop a strong career to help him provide for his wife in Dublin; Larkin eventually set out for the U.S. planning to find work as a public speaker but had not made any firm plans at the time of his departure and soon found himself struggling to find engagements.
Deported in 1920, Jim Larkin would eventually become an elder statesman in the union and Labour movement as he mellowed with age but never lost the drive to better the lives of the workers of Ireland.
Since his death, his prominent role in the early trade union movement has been reassessed by experts who now believe he should be held in similar esteem to his colleague and friend, James Connelly.
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