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The Luddites: Machine-Breakers of the Early Nineteenth Century
by Douglas Liversedge
Discusses the causes, events, and aftermath of the machine-wrecking campaign carried on by early nineteenth-century English workers who felt the machines were destroying their jobs.
Publisher: Franklin Watts (1972). ISBN - 978-0531021620See this book on Amazon»
by Charlotte Bronte
Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles, Shirley (1849) is an unsentimental, yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes and generations.
Shirley is a romance set against the background of the Luddite disturbances in Yorkshire.
Publisher: Penguin Classics (2006). ISBN - 978-0141439860See this book on Amazon»
Writings of the Luddites
by Kevin Binfield (Ed.)
Though famous for the often violent protests they organized, the Luddites also engaged in literary resistence in the form of poems, proclamations, petitions, songs, and letters. In this volume, literary scholar Kevin Binfield collects complete texts written by Luddites or Luddite sympathizers between 1811 and 1816, adds detailed notes, and organizes the documents by the three primary regions of origin: the Midlands, Northwestern England, and Yorkshire.
This volume makes available and accessible a wealth of textual and cultural information that has been overlooked for far too long by literary scholars and cultural historians alike.
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (2009). ISBN - 978-0801876127See this book on Amazon»
A Historical Account of the Luddites of 1811-1813: With Report of Their Trials at York Castle (1862)
by John Cowgill (Pub)
This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (2009). ISBN - 978-1120150684See this book on Amazon»
The Machine Breakers - The Story Of The Luddites - True Stories
by Angela Bull
This is a book about the Luddites for children.
Publisher: Collins (1980). ISBN - 978-0001952232See this book on Amazon»
Through the Fray: A Tale of the Luddite Riots
by George Alfred Henty
Digitised version of a classic late-Victorian fictional account of the Luddites for children.
Publisher: Scribner (1894). ISBN -See this book on Google Books»
Liberty or Death: Radicals,Republicans and Luddites,1793-1823
by Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling
Publisher: Workers' History Publications (1993). ISBN - 0952254905See this book on Amazon»
The Luddites of West Yorkshire
by E P Greenleaf and J A Hargreaves
Includes 1 booklets and 14 information sheets.
Publisher: Huddersfield : Kirklees Leisure Services Libraries, Museums & Arts Divisio (1986). ISBN - 0900746181See this book on World Cat»
by Phyllis Bentley
Classic novel commencing with the Luddite rising in Yorkshire by Halifax authoress Phyllis Bentley. Her work describes the ascent and decline of the West Riding's textile industry and the relations between master and men through the story of five generations of the Oldroyds, a factory-owning family.
Publisher: Pan Books (1967 (Original pub. 1932)). ISBN - 0330400118See this book on Amazon»