James Connolly: “Sweatshops Behind the Orange Flag”

“Irish tory employers hid[e] their sweatshops behind orange flags, and Irish home rule landlords us[e] the green sunburst of Erin to cloak their rack-renting in the festering slums of our Irish towns.” – James Connolly, “Sweatshops Behind the Orange Flag”, Forward, 11 March 1911

James Connolly was an Irish socialist revolutionary who participated in the labour movement in Ireland for decades, until he was executed by the British imperialists for his role as a leader in the failed Easter Rising against the British occupation of Ireland.

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