The Luddites


An 1812 engraving of frame-breakers smashing a loom Public domain

The Luddite uprising was a series of protests in northern England, in which workers smashed machines in mills and factories. This wasn't the first organized violence against mechanization, but Luddites are the most infamous of all the machine-breakers.

Topics in this Podcast: smashing things, 19th century, European history, luddites, labor, British history