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In a Nutshell

When factory owners began replacing their men with machinery, the workers took matters into their own hands
Mobs of spurned textile workers broke into their old workplaces and began smashing the new looms

Who were the Luddites?

Luddites were skilled textile workers, mainly from Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire, whose livelihoods were threatened by the introduction of automated looms and knitting frames to their workplace in the early 19th century – a result of the Industrial Revolution.

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This is the December 2017 issue of History Revealed.