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Looking For Luddites (Tuesday)

Looking For Luddites (Tuesday)

Names: Daniel Tecorral, Joshua Forty, Derek Pittre, Mark Christopher

The Lesson for this Share Out! document the shortest one.  That’s because this lesson is more designed towards writing answers to essay questions.  Most of the other Share Out! docs today are short answer questions, if you would prefer short answers.

That being said, understanding Luddites is a way to understand the connections from the medieval Guilds reaching out to us in today’s labor unions.

Try reading the short lesson a couple of times, looking for the connections in the links connected to the two pages of the lesson.

Please try to type out a few sentences for each of your answers:

  1. What annual celebration will be held this Thursday?
    Answer: Guy Fawkes day is on November fifth, to mark the failed 17th century attempt to blow up parliament and assassinate king James the first
  2. Secrets and mysteries are mentioned through the two pages.  Why is so little known about Luddites? So little is known about Luddites because who they were and what they did, they didn’t want to go to jail for illegal assemblies.
  3. Describe the two machine breaker events mentioned
    • #1 In 1812 a mob destroyed textile machinery in a workshop in England
    • #2 Several hundred Luddites gathered in a field to attack William Cartwrights mill at Rawfolds
  4. Describe the machines the Luddites were so infuriated over
    Answer: It’s a machine with rows of needles that embroiled pieces of fabric/clothing and this made them made because the previous generation used heavy equipment that took a lot of precision and this machine made that difficult work easier and diminished the quality. 
  5. Describe the working conditions children suffered under in the gig mills, et. al.
    Answer: Working conditions had long work hours, horrible wages, ran a greater risk of fatality, ripped hair, loss of limbs, and exposure to chemicals.
  6. What does laissez faire mean?
    Answer: Laissez Faire means that the government doesn’t interfere in the economics or tries to leave the free market as free as it can without interfering. 
  7. In E.P. Thompson’s quote, he describes the Luddites as looking backwards and forwards.  Summarize in your own words the two visions the Luddites held which led to them breaking machines.
    Answer: The Luddites saw a future that the machine took their jobs away leaving them penniless which is what can be viewed as backwards because they wanted to destroy the machines that were advanced. The destroying the machines can be viewed as moving forwards because they were fighting for better wages and work hours.