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Luddite

A term for workers in the early 19th century in Britain who opposed the Industrial Revolution because increased mechanization was changing the economy and leaving them without jobs. The term has come to mean any person who opposes technological changes, especially those that impact the economy.
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Sale's history of the Luddite riots, which occupies about two-thirds of the text, shows that they were obsessed with specific and local issues and grievances.
Unwelcome guests were infantry and cavalry stationed at the inn during the Luddite riots in the early 1800s, who, according to local records, 'contaminated the whole neighbourhood'.
The so-called Luddite Riots peaked in 1810-20 when workers in the textile industry were introduced to the new phenomenon of rationalization.
Anniversaries: 1779: The first Luddite riots began in Manchester against the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton; 1899: The first petrol-driven motor bus began operating in London; 1940: Birth of Beatle John Lennon; 1947: The first call between a car telephone and a phone in a plane was made above Wilmington, Delaware, in the United States; 1967: Legendary Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara captured and shot in the village of La Higuera near Vallegrande in Bolivia; 1995: Death of former Prime Minister Lord Home of the Hirsel.
Anniversaries: 1779: The first Luddite riots began in Manchester against the introduction of cotton spinning machinery; 1804: Hobart, Tasmania, was founded; 1899: First petroriven motor bus began operating in London; 1940: Birth of John Lennon; 1947: Fi rst call between car telephone and telephone on plane made above Wilmington, Delaware, in the United States; 1952: First London production of Porgy and Bess presented; 1962: Uganda became independent; 1967: Death of South American Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.