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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A handbill entitled ‘Fellow Weavers’, printed in March 1812 in Manchester, one of the main centres for the cotton industry
(Catalogue ref: HO 40/1/1, f.108)
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HO 40/1/1; handbill entitled ‘Fellow Weavers’, 1812

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Who wrote and signed the poster? Why do you think it was signed in this way?
  • What reasons does the writer use to persuade people not to break machinery?
  • Do you think that this sort of propaganda would have influenced the Luddites?
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