Who would have thought that in Liverpool, the 1870s heralded a new dawn? From this period in time, was brought forth, James Larkin. A man whose name even when mentioned today will undoubtedly take people aback even if just for a slight moment. A force to reckon with, he was indeed.
One cannot mention trade unionism and fail to acknowledge him. James could not just condone and overlook some things that happened to laborers.
Whereas most of us brush off injustices we see happen to others because they do not affect us, James took it upon himself to be the change that he wanted to see. That was the kind of man that James was. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Biography
As a result, he led to the fruition of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union which mainly advocated for humane and fair treatment of workers without undue regard for discrimination. Moreover, to even further champion this he became actively involved in the National Dock Labourers by being at the forefront of organizing.
Like any person who strives to do a good thing, he met people who were not so pleased with what he was doing that he became accused of causing a state of lawlessness especially because laborers had taken to the streets to protest against the injustices they were facing.
He was even taken into custody for some time but was later released; good always overcomes evil.
James Larkin too had his shortcomings. It is essential to understand that he was still as much human as everybody else is. He had become a bit too bias in matters regarding laborers and, when one is overcome with bias, objectivity is marred.
It led him sometimes to overreact and make choices that were not the wisest. However, despite all this, he still managed to achieve much more for the laborers of Ireland.
James Larkin indeed had a family of his own. He married a woman by the name Elizabeth and together, they were blessed to have four children all of whom were boys.
Well, everything has an end. Even so, it is with us as human beings. We are mortal and, at some point, we will all meet our end.
So by 1947, the last grains of sand of Larkin’s life’s hourglass ran out, and he kicked the bucket. He indeed died a great man. A man whose name is worthy to be mentioned even at this present time.
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