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Why did the Luddites destroy machinery?
The Luddites were a secret oath-based organisation of English textile workers in the 19th century, a radical faction which destroyed textile machinery through protest. Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste, as machines would replace their role in the industry.
What machines did the Luddites destroy?
In 1812 rioters in Cheshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire began destroying power cotton looms and wool shearing machines. In February and March the Luddites attacked factories in Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, and Leeds.
Why did luddism fail?
This may be because they were protected by their local communities. The disturbances continued for another five years. The crisis was made worse by food shortages as the price of wheat increased, and by the collapse of hosiery and knitwear prices in 1815 and 1816.
Why were mill owners and the government so worried?
The Luddites were worried that the highly skilled craft of weaving was under threat by the machines being used by the big mills. The British government sided with the mill owners and brought in tough new laws designed to deter the Luddites from destroying the machines.
What did Ned Ludd do?
History. Supposedly, Ludd was a weaver from Anstey, near Leicester, England. In 1779, either after being whipped for idleness or after being taunted by local youths, he smashed two knitting frames in what was described as a “fit of passion”. Letters and proclamations were signed by “Ned Ludd”.
What did the government do about the Luddites?
Initially the response from the government was to put through the Protection of Stocking Frames Act in 1788 which essentially increased the penalties for destroying factory equipment. This did little to hinder Luddite activity and on 11th March 1811 the first major Luddite riot took place in Arnold, Nottingham.
Why did textile mills close?
Samant planned a massive strike forcing the entire industry of the city to be shut down for over a year. Samant’s control of the mill workers made the Congress leaders fear that his influence would spread to the port and dock workers and make him the most powerful union leader in India’s commercial capital.