Looking for Luddites (Monday)

Names: Michael A, Bryan S, Henry P, Christopher A, Kenin G

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
  2. Secrets and mysteries are mentioned through the two pages.  Why is so little known about Luddites?                                                                                                                                            Most of the information on Luddites was kept secret to protect themselves from the law
  3. Describe the two machine breaker events mentioned: Stocking frames : Mechanical Knitting machines, Gig mills :                                                                                                              It would produce the finishing touches on fabric and clothing
  4. Describe the machines the Luddites were so infuriated over
    Answer:                                                                                                                                                  The luddites were mad about advancement in technology and machinery. The luddites organized an attack on William Cartwright’s Mill
  5. Describe the working conditions children suffered under in the gig mills, et. al.
    Answer:                                                                                                                                                They had cut wages and their working hours were horrible. They worked in unsafe factories with 10-14 hour shifts with little to none breaks.
  6. What does laissez faire mean?
    Answer:                                                                                                                                            Laissez faire is French for “leave it alone”
  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 had be know to follow a mythical leader called “General Ludd” which led them to destroy the machinery they were told to operate.