Title

James Larkin and J. Edgar Hoover: Irish Politics and an American Conspiracy

Publication Title

Éire-Ireland

Publication Date

Fall 2000

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1353/eir.2000.0035

Keywords

irish politics, labor unions, organized labor, fbi, justice department, james larkin, j. edgar hoover

Disciplines

Civil Law | Labor and Employment Law | Labor Relations | Legal History | National Security Law | Organizations Law | Unions

Abstract

The writer explains how the activities of Irish labor leader Jim Larkin in the United States attracted the attention of a young J. Edgar Hoover, then a functionary in the Aliens Registration office. Larkin was viewed as an undesirable presence in the United States due to his conspicuous labor activism. The interest of Hoover, future head of the FBI, in the investigation of Larkin is particularly revealing, in that it demonstrates, among other things, Hoover's increasing distrust of alien radicals and frustration at the rise of unionization in the United States. Moreover, the FBI file on Larkin reveals that neither the Attorney General's Office nor the FBI took action to thwart a plot to assassinate the labor leader. If Hoover's campaign to have Larkin deported had failed, Larkin's activism might have placed his life in danger.

Publisher

Irish-American Cultural Institute

Publisher Location

Morristown, NJ


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