- , LUDDITE RIOTSTechnical improvements may develop at the expense of dislocated lives. That sociological problem confronted Ned Ludd of Leicestershire, England, a half-witted laborer who proceeded to take the matter in hand by smashing two knitting machines. Although not much is known about him, his name has survived to describe those who destroy labor-saving devices or machinery acquired by their employers. In the years 1811 to 1816, machine-breaking riots occurred in the manufacturing districts of Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, and Yorkshire. The textile workers blamed the new machinery for their unemployment and distress. They were branded as Luddites, after their legendary leader.Lord Byron's The Song of the Luddites, published in 1830 but written fourteen years earlier, challenged repressive legislation in the House of Lords. The Luddite movement is the background of Charlotte Bronte's Shirley (1849).Today Luddites are still those who fear the development of machinery that would eliminate the need for their employment. Some may take a strong stand against plants where war implements are being manufactured that would cause human destructions. It is also a term used to describe those who fear or are confused by technology.
Dictionary of eponyms. Morton S. Freeman. 2013.
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