Posted by Linden on July 02, 1998 at 21:26:34:
In response to machine-breakers, written by Lisa on July 02, 1998 at 19:18:11
] "In 1813 seventeen machine-breakers were publicly executed at York."
] What is a machine-breaker?
Someone who forcibly objected to the installation of machines which would take away their livelihood. In 1811-12 they got organised throughout most of the cloth-making areas of the North of England, under the name of Luddites: machines were smashed, and many were consequently hanged. They are sometimes also called "frame breakers".
There's been a fair discussion of Luddites and Luddism on this board; search the archives if you want to know more.
Hope this helps
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