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By Donal Nevin

‘Hasn’t it been an entire existence, Lillie, and isn’t this a great end?’, have been James Connolly’s final phrases to his spouse in Dublin citadel within the early hours of 12 might 1916 ahead of his execution for his half in top the Easter Rising.

James Connolly, the son of Irish immigrants, used to be born in Edinburgh. the 1st fourteen years of his existence have been spent in Edinburgh and the subsequent seven years within the King’s Liverpool Regiment in eire. In 1889, he again to Edinburgh the place he used to be a socialist activist and organiser for seven years. In 1896, on the age of 28, he was once invited to Dublin as socialist organiser, founding the Irish Republican Socialist get together and modifying The employees’ Republic.

Connolly spent seven years in the US among 1903 and 1910, returning to eire in 1910 as organiser of the Socialist get together of eire. Connolly used to be appointed Ulster Organiser of the Irish shipping and normal employees’ Union via James Larkin, succeeding him as appearing basic secretary in October 1914. As Commander of the Irish Citizen military, Connolly joined with leaders of the Irish Republican Brotherhood within the Easter emerging in 1916, turning into Commandant-General of the Dublin department of the military of the Republic and Vice-President of the Provisional govt of the Irish Republic.

For their half within the Easter emerging, Connolly and 13 of his fellow revolutionaries have been carried out in Kilmainham Gaol via the British govt. Connolly, the final to be carried out, used to be wounded within the emerging and needed to be strapped to a chair to stand the firing squad.

This biography offers with Connolly’s actions as soldier, agitator, propagandist, orator, socialist organiser, pamphleteer, alternate union chief, rebel, and strains the evolution of his political considering as social democrat, revolutionist, syndicalist, progressive socialist, insurrectionist. it really is established mostly on Connolly’s prolific writings in twenty-seven journals in Scotland, England, eire, France and the United States, and a few 2 hundred letters that are rather revealing of his relationships with colleagues. James Connolly is some of the best survey of Connolly’s extraordinary lifestyles and times.

James Connolly, an entire Life: desk of Contents

    Preface via Des Geraghty

  • PART I Edinburgh 1868–1882
  • PART II eire 1882–1889
  • PART III Edinburgh 1889–1896: Social Democrat
  • PART IV Dublin 1890–1903: Revolutionist
  • PART V the United States 1903–1910: Syndicalist
  • PART VI Writings
  • PART VII eire 1910–1916 The pink and the fairway: progressive Socialist–Insurrectionist
  • PART VIII innovative Thinker
  • APPENDICES

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