- Question 1
- T. Phillips Thompson
became a journalist so he could champion the cause of the poor and working
Early in Thompson's career he wrote a regular column covering the
police courts that ridiculed the poor and downtrodden members of society.
It wasn't until he was sent to Ireland to cover the tenant land wars
as the Globe's foreign correspondent in the early 1880s that his outlook
on the lower classes was forever changed. When he returned to Canada
he became a radical and prolific advocate for the working class. Among
numerous commitments, Thompson was well-known as a speaker and columnist
for the Canadian branch of the Knights of Labor.