English Town Plans To Commemorate Luddites

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Nearly 200 years ago, workers in England took up arms against technology. Weavers protested the advent of mechanized looms with violence. Named for weaver Ned Lud, the Luddites feared machines would make hand weaving extinct. The people of Huddersfield are rising up again, but this time to commemorate the city's 19th century weavers.

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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