The Luddites

1What happened (recount)
2What was the political result?
3How did life change for all concerned
4Who were the important people involved in the movement?
5What laws were enabled for the betterment of the workers?
6How did the life of the entrepreneurs change due to these laws
 

3 thoughts on “The Luddites

  1. A group of men called the luddites felt that the IR was threatening their jobs and protested against it. They were against advancing technology. They destroyed many cotton and wool mills and the movement quickly spread through England. The government the made it a capital crime and called it industrial sabotage. In 1813 17 were executed.
    The polittial impact was that industrial sabotage became a capital crime.
    Life didn’t change for anyone concerned because the luddites didn’t make an impact. The IR continued as usual.
    It is said the luddites leader was a man called Ned Ludd. Nicknamed King Lude. But whether he existed is historically unclear.
    The entrepreneurs life was made a little easier because if someone destroyed one of their machines they could report them.
    sorry bout the spelling errors

  2. The Luddites

    What Happened: In the early months of 1811 the first threatening letters from General Ned Ludd and the Army of Redressers, were sent to employers in Nottingham. Workers, upset by wage reductions and the use of unapprenticed workmen, began to break into factories at night to destroy the new machines that the employers were using. In a three-week period over two hundred stocking frames were destroyed. In March, 1811, several attacks were taking place every night and the Nottingham authorities had to enrol four hundred special constables to protect the factories. To help catch the culprits, the Prince Regent offered £50 to anyone “giving information on any person or persons wickedly breaking the frames”. These are the early movements of the Luddites, who are completely anti-technology.

    Political Result: There weren’t really any political movements for the Luddites, as it seems they mainly destroying new machines and mainly ‘staking frames’ in the business industry. They were angry because they were being replaced with un-skilled low wage workers. The government, in 1912, bought in a new ‘anti-frame breaking law’; if this law was broken you would be sentenced to death.

    How did life change for all concerned: Life would have changed drastically for the people that become Luddites as they were ransacking factories and destroying all new machinery, trying to stop an era of technology that they believed would bring bad things to the world. The Luddites lives also changed as they no longer had any jobs. Foremen had to be very wary and needed constant vigilance to make sure new machinery/technology was not damaged.

    Who were the important people involved in the movement:
    General Ned Ludd was one of the first Luddites; he sent threatening letters to employers in 1811 about the new low-wage workers and new machinery.
    Spencer Perceval was the one who proposed that the ‘anti-frame breaking law’ should be introduced.
    Lord Byron made a speech that was strongly against the ‘anti-frame breaking law’

    What laws were enabled for the betterment of the workers: The ‘anti-frame law’ did not necessarily help worker at all. It was simply put in place to prevent the crimes the Luddites were committing.

    How did the life of the entrepreneurs change due to these laws: The entrepreneurs’ lives became a little easier because they no longer had to worry about the framing machines and other technology being damaged, while still being able to pay workers less money.

  3. The Luddites were 19th-century English textile artisans who violently protested against the machinery introduced during the Industrial Revolution that made it possible to replace them with less-skilled, low-wage labourers, leaving them without work. Historian Eric Hobsbawm has called their machine wrecking “collective bargaining by riot”, which had been a tactic used in Britain since the Restoration, as the scattering of manufactories throughout the country made large-scale strikes impractical.
    Although the origin of the name Luddite is uncertain, a popular theory is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, allegedly a youth who had smashed two stocking frames 30 years earlier, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers.
    The principal objection of the Luddites was the introduction of new wide-framed automated looms that could be operated by cheaper, relatively low-to-unskilled labour, resulting in unemployment among the skilled textile workers. The movement began in Nottingham in 1811 and spread rapidly throughout England over the following two years.
    The movement can also be seen as part of a rising tide of English working-class discontent in the early 19th century.

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