The Luddites

This secret society of criminals had a fake leader, but their grievances were very real. Were the Luddites just a bunch of anti-technology cranks, or was there more to their machine breaking movement?

Featured image: Frame-breakers smashing a loom. (Image source)

A cartoon of Ned Ludd. I think he may be depicted in a dress here because some Luddite attacks were done in drag, with men dressed as “Ludd’s wives.” (Image source)

A stocking frame, an early form of machine that could knit automatically. (Image source)