English Town Plans To Commemorate Luddites
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of an impending celebration of Luddites. Not those among us who are hanging onto rotary phones, but rather the workers who, nearly 200 years ago, took up arms against technology in England. Weavers protested the advent of mechanized looms by smashing them and assassinating some mill owners. Named for a weaver, Ned Lud, the Luddites feared the machines would make hand weaving, and them, obsolete.
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