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|Profession:||Activist, Journalist, Writer|
Jim Connell was born in County Meath, Ireland. He was an Irish political activist, best known as the writer of the anthem "The Red Flag" in December 1889. In 1875, he moved to London. He held a variety of jobs, including time as a staff journalist on Keir Hardie's newspaper The Labour Leader. He was secretary of the Workingmen's Legal Aid Society during the last 20 years of his life. He was an accomplished journalist and his publications include “Brothers at Last”, “A Centenary Appeal to Celt and Saxon”, “Socialist and the Survival of the Fastest”, “The Truth about the Game Laws” and “Confessions of a Poacher”, which sold 50,000 copies in several editions. For 10 years he was a member of the Social Democratic Federation led by Henry Hyndman. In the late 1890s, however, he left the SDF and joined the Independent Labour Party. He wrote several books include: Confessions of a poacher, Do They Have Wars on the Moon?, and Looking for Wes Carroll.
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