James Larkin was a socialist who made a huge impact on the world throughout his life. Starting off from humble beginnings in 1876 when he was born in Liverpool, England, Larkin lived in poverty with his family who struggled most of his childhood.
This led to Larkin having a very strong work ethic and caused him to do just about any job that would help him be able to support himself and his family.
Working numerous jobs allowed Jim Larkin to have firsthand experience with the working conditions that many workers had to endure on a regular basis. Realizing that something had to change, Larkin created the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml and http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/
The union helped to set up regulations and criteria that provided better working conditions and fair wages.
The union proved to be quite helpful for a while, but then the Dublin Lockout occurred. This led to the resolution of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, which left Larkin lost and in need of focus.
Jim Larkin was very vocal in his anti-war stance during WWI. He arranged numerous rallies to inform citizens how he felt about the war. Larkin traveled to the United States to try to gain support for his anti-war stance and ended up having charges brought against them that were expunged, but that still led to his deportment.
Throughout the rest of his life, Larkin worked for union rights and to help support the Marxism campaign. He fought for fair employment practices so that people could have the best working conditions possible at that time and in the future.
Throughout all his anti-war efforts and development of the Irish Transport and General Worker’s Union, Larkin was able to have a family. He had a wife and four sons that he wanted to be able to have the best future possible and felt that all his efforts would be worth the effort in the end.