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The Man Who Answered The Irish Question

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Mr Greaves has given us one of the books which was waiting to be written about James Connolly and has made a fine, scholarly job of it. Connolly, like many other Irish nationalists (such as Parnell and Patrick Pearse) had strong non-Irish connections. When Connolly went to the United states, he joined Daniel De Leon's Socialist Party and was a founder of the International Workers of the World, the 'one big union' of the songs. The arguments with De Leon and others led him to formulate slowly a Marxism with which he later analysed Irish history and politics. The political action of the Easter Rising in 1916 would not have occurred without the Citizen Army. The Easter Rising reminds us how people have to be delivered not just from their oppressors, but from their own inability to believe in the possibility of liberation.

Keywords:Citizen Army; Daniel De Leon's Socialist Party; Easter Rising; Irish history; Irish nationalists; James Connolly; Marxism; Mr Greaves

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