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Luddite

English history
any of the textile workers opposed to mechanization who rioted and organized machine-breaking between 1811 and 1816

Luddite

An individual who is against technological change. Luddite comes from Englishman Ned Lud, who rose up against his employer in the late 1700s. Subsequently, "Luddites" emerged in other companies to protest and even destroy new machinery that would put them out of a job. A neo-Luddite is a Luddite in the Internet age.

Luddite vs. Technophobe
A Luddite is anti-technology because of personal principles, whereas a technophobe is afraid of computers and high-tech gadgets.
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It was probably for fear of prompting further 'industrial action' that the offer of the invention was declined -- all this long before the Luddite riots against the even more efficient power looms in the years around 1811.
Unfortunately for Sale's story, his record of the Luddite riots does not contain any evidence of an explicit ideology.
The novel is set at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and during the period of the Luddite riots, when England's mill workers viewed the recent introduction of machinery as a threat to their livelihood and when the textile industry suffered almost total cessation of exports.
At Red House in Gomersal, "The Secret's Out" gallery explores Charlotte Bront's connections with the Spen Valley area and how she dramatised the Luddite riots in the area in her novel Shirley.
The Luddite riots that began in 1811 in England spread to Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire as wheat prices soar and inflate the price of bread.