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James Connolly (5 June 1868 – 12 May 1916) was an Irish republican and socialist leader. He was born in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish immigrant parents and spoke with a Scottish accent throughout his life. He left school for working life at the age of 11, but became one of the leading Marxist theorists of his day. He also took a role in Scottish and American politics. He was ... more »

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  • Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for "Ireland," and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong ...
    James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Ireland, epigraph (1916).
  • ''The Irishman in English literature may be said to have been born with an apology in his mouth.''
    James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Irish History, foreword (1910).
  • Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives it...
    James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Irish History, foreword (1910).
  • ''Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.''
    James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. The Re-Conquest of Ireland, ch. 9 (1915).
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