Ireland Her Own: An Outline History of the Irish Struggle for National Freedom and Independence

Ireland Her Own: An Outline History of the Irish Struggle for National Freedom and Independence

Ireland Her Own: An Outline History of the Irish Struggle for National Freedom and Independence

Ireland Her Own: An Outline History of the Irish Struggle for National Freedom and Independence

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Ireland Her Own was the last major work of Thomas Alfred Jackson, one of the most colourful figures of the working-class and socialist movement in England in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

It was written in accordance with a promise made by the author to his friend Con Lehane (who then spelled his name Con O'Lyhane) when the two young men were active members of and propagandists for the "Left" group which broke away from the London Social Democratic Federation in 1904.

O'Lyhane was a lieutenant of Connolly, and Jackson met the Irish socialist leader during his visits to London in the first years of the century.

Born in London in 1880 Jackson became a "printer's devil" in Clerkenwell in 1893, making almost immediate contact with the socialist movement in an area where memories of the Fenians were still strong. As far as can be ascertained he had no Irish ancestry. But his strong radical background in the great days of Charles Stewart Parnell impelled him from his earliest years to sympathy with the Irish cause.

Throughout over sixty years of socialist activity his firm grip of fundamentals, his insistence on Marxist understanding, allied to the most lively and inventive imagination, found expression in a series of works, of which Dialectics is probably the best known. As a conversationalist he was unrivalled.

His autobiography (Solo Trumpet) was published by Messrs Lawrence and Wishart in 1953.

The work now re-issued deserves a word of explanation. It was originally cast at substantially greater length. I well remember Jackson's dilemma. Either he could publish a severely cut version or he could wait until the . . .

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