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The Luddites violent disturbances broke out in Yorkshire in 1812 over the development of factory machines These machines were used to produce wool Wool was a stable industry for England All life and work revolved around it Not only were the new machines more convienent but they were able to produce in 1 day what used to take 1 week Although these new machines helped to improve the British economy by getting things done more efficiently they were also putting men out of work This led to the creation of secret committees where memebers became known as the Luddites Men felt threatened by the machines Fewer workers were needed and they felt the only solution to getting their jobs back was by going out and destroying the machines Members were sworen to secrecy and would be sentenced to death if they ever told anyone about the committees existence Even though the Luddites destroyed as many machines as possible they were still out of work and unable to support their families Englands Poor Relief used to be the envy of other nations because it gave aid to the poor Now it was barely able to give a loaf of bread to a starving family The Luddites decided to make an attempt to compromise with the bourgeoisie owners They proposed a tax be put on wool being exported By doing so more money would be made to pay factory workers However factory owners rejected this proposal because they felt their workers were receive more than enough pay for their services Although the Luddites tried to regain control over their lives by getting their jobs back they failed Several of them were executed Even at their public executions the Luddites were not seen as criminals by the peole of England but were shown respect by others who felt that they did what they had to for the welfare of their families
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