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The Luddites

Summary: With the development of technology in the British woolen industry during the early nineteenth century, new machines began doing the work of people in this field, and many workers lost their jobs. The Luddites consisted of many of these jobless men and engaged in vandalizing the very machines that made their skills obsolete. While the Luddites' tactics can be considered deplorable, their reasons for their actions elicit sympathy.
The Luddites

In the year 1812 there was a series of violent disturbances in Yorkshire, when new machines were introduced into the woolen industry. The new developments in technology meant that many workers found themselves made redundant and out work. Feeling helpless and struggling to feed their families many of these jobless men bonded together to make a union and in their frustration vandalized these machines. They are called the Luddites.

With the introduction of the steam engine, a series of new inventions followed that changed the way that business was run in England. The woolen industry, one of the England's largest exports, was no exception. Work in Britain revolved around the manufacture of wool. The changes meant that while productivity was greatly increased, many skilled people were put out of work and were therefore left without enough money to feed their families.

Families that used to have meat...

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