Luddite disturbances did begin in Nottinghamshire, England in November 1811 but increased in scope as
they spread to the West Riding of
Yorkshire in early 1812. Many of the disturbances took the form of
machine-breaking in the wool and cotton industries. The
Luddites were named after the mythical leader of the movement, a certain
‘General Ned Ludd’ or ‘King Ludd’, who lived in Sherwood Forest.
a number of grievances that gave rise to the Luddites. Many wanted to get rid of the new machinery
that supposedly was the cause unemployment. Artisan hand weavers did not want
power looms or weaving frames introduced.
There were also protests against wage reductions. In general, artisans and workers were
experiencing changing economic conditions that we broadly call the industrial
revolution. In addition, there were
various economic difficulties caused by the disruption in economic activity as
a result of the Napoleonic wars.
The tweets for January 12, 2012
come from a letter sent on January 11,
1811 from the Magistrates of the Nottingham County. The letter
can be found here in the very interesting website, Luddite Bicentenary 1811-1813
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