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date: 06 April 2020

Luddite riots, 

The Oxford Companion to the Brontes

Christine Alexander

a major source for Shirley and other Brontë writings. In 1811–12 the west Yorkshire woollen trade, the Lancashire cotton trade, and the east midlands hosiery trade centred on Nottingham experienced widespread attacks on mills and the destruction of machinery. The general term ‘Luddism’ applied to the movement derives from the mythical leader of the Nottingham machine‐breakers, ... ...

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