Looking For Luddites (Adults)

Names: Devaughn Pennant, Savion Singh, Nicholas, Jaree Hancock, Edgar Estrada, Scott Durjan Jean Carlos

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?

the annual celebration that is held on Thursday is Guy Fawkes day


  1. Secrets and mysteries are mentioned through the two pages.  Why is so little known about Luddites?

they’re actions were deliberately kept a secret to protect themselves from being jailed for illegal assembly

  1. Describe the two machine breaker events mentioned

In 1812 an underpaid and out of work group of textile workers stormed George Ball’s textile workshop. 3 month’s later, they attacked Cartwrights Mill at Rawfolds

  1. Describe the machines the Luddites were so infuriated over

The stocking frames, gig mills, and the like. The reason they were infuriated over the machines is because they were losing work because the machines could produce at a higher rate

  1. Describe the working conditions children suffered under in the gig mills, et. al.

They were exposed to harsh working conditions and treated unfairly.

  1. What does laissez faire mean?

A policy or a attitude of letting things take their own course without interfering

  1. 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 mach0ines.

when he is referring to looking forward, as in believing that working people will eventually be protected and treated fairly. While looking back he is referring to remembering the past decades in the industrial revolution where they were once treated harshly and worked under cruel conditions.