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Thread #150708   Message #3907929
Posted By: StephenH
25-Feb-18 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Subject: RE: rebellion and protest in John Henry
robomatic: I have loads of links to material on the Luddites. Here's one to a very readable article on Smithsonian:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-the-luddites-really-fought-against-264412/

I don't claim to know the "truth" about the Luddites but have read enough that I have formed an opinion that goes beyond mere anti-technology, and, to be fair, you certainly allude to that in your posts.
Yes, there are many songs about the Luddites - check out "English Rebel
Songs" by Chumbawamba, for instance.
I think there is a link with this thread, also, in that Jim Hauser has asked us to examine what motivated John Henry. I had always just thought of it as an expression of pride in his strength but this thread has given me a lot to think about and I intend to investigate JH's website.