The Luddite Protests: Background information when reading Frankissstein

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Frankissstein

by Jeanette Winterson

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Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
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The Luddite Protests

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LudditeIn one narrative thread of Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein, Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron discuss the rebellion of the Luddites, a secret organization in early 19th century England that destroyed textile machinery in protest of automated looms taking jobs from hand-weavers. The uprising began on March 11, 1811, in Nottingham when weavers broke into a textile factory and destroyed equipment using sledgehammers and other implements. The next night brought further property damage at a factory in a nearby town, and the incidents continued to repeat all across northern England over the next two years. After the initial attacks, the protesters began conducting secret meetings to organize and plan further action. They claimed to be following a leader called Ned Ludd, but this person is largely believed to have been fictitious, a symbol of courage and class equity like Robin Hood.

While we commonly use the term 'Luddite' today to refer to someone who is against or unwilling to ...

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