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By Ralph Darlington

J. T. Murphy was once the most very important worker-intellectual figures of early twentieth-century British hard work background. utilizing thoroughly new and formerly unpublished fabric (from the British Communist Party’s information and the Russian Centre for the upkeep and learn of contemporary heritage in Moscow), this e-book not just tells the interesting tale of Murphy’s political trajectory, but additionally presents a severe re-assessment of the historic and social value of the early British innovative circulation during which he performed one of these well-liked function. "Darlington adeptly information the formation and intricacies of Murphy’s political thought... and rightly recognizes Murphy’s contribution to the British Labour movement."—Labour heritage overview

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Murphy, to the only thought-out shop steward philosophy and proposals for a complete national structure. Certainly, Sheffield was 16 The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy the only centre apart from Glasgow to maintain a fully developed Workers’ Committee for any length of time, and it effectively shared the national leadership of the movement with the Clyde. The key Sheffield shop stewards differed somewhat from their counterparts on the Clyde in that there had not been before the war the same kind of revolutionary socialist agitation.

It should also stand for elections and try to win seats in parliament to support, albeit in an auxiliary fashion, the industrial struggle. 19 First, there is its crude deterministic materialism. Connolly argued that workers’ consciousness is shaped by the form of industrial organisation they adopt. If workers are organised in industrial unions then class consciousness would permeate upwards. Connolly assumed that a trade union view of the world and socialist consciousness were one and the same.

Men would The Early Years in Sheffield 23 stand around the machines talking about this new event . . To learn, in the midst of all the gloom of war, that this great triumphant thing, revolution, had sent the Czar’s crown toppling and swept the ruling class from power, was something which was new inspiration to the workers and they wanted to know all about it. I was an active shop steward . . and I found it impossible to get on with ordinary activities for answering questions to my fellow workers concerning this event .

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