19th Century Humanities


    About midnight on a tranquil Sunday in the neighborhood of Huddersfield, a massive gang of about 150 Luddites invaded the factory of Horsfail. One of the passersby witnessed the event and described the scene as a "violent riot, as if a Boston Massacre is reoccurring all over again," except this time it wasn't massacring people but machines. 
     The overwhelming crowd of furious protesters loomed all over the roads and street, knocking down all the obstruction that comes into view. The scene was no longer a tranquil evening. One child who lives a few blocks away explained how he woke up from his dream, finding himself surrounded by a swarm of angry voices yelling and shouting. "It was just like a ghost town that has suddenly been replaced by a Chinatown with screeches everywhere instead."
     According to Horsfail, the Luddites have broken through windows, damaging a quantity of frames, wrecking nearly all the machineries in sight, leaving only tad bits of broken gadgets and crushed window glasses. 
      Authorities, having been warned of this protest taking place in midnight by a spy, who disguised himself as one of the members of the Luddites to eavesdrop on plans made, threatened the fuming
mob of people to back off before they shoot them with shot guns. There has been a warning shot in the air; however, the Luddites took no notice due to the noise in the surroundings, and continued shoving each other and wailing about how inhumane Horsfail is, protesting with all their might to get their lives back to what they use to be.  
     This continued for about half an hour until troops were surrounding the mess, bordered by armed soldiers who were ready to shoot anyone who dared to escape. Several men were still "aggressive" and wasn't able to calm down. At which during this half hour period, 30 shots were made, two of those that flew into two men's leg and thigh. The two men left wounded screamed in pain as people starred in awe at the sudden disruption.
     After another couple of hours, authorities were able to manage the dispute and put the residents back to sleep. The factory was profoundly damaged, though the Luddites have not been exactly satisfied with the results, they couldn't have done anything else that is as destructive as this incident.


1)      A) Which main topic does the artifact relate to? In what ways?
      This artifact relates to urbanization and the construction of modern city, because the construction of factories has polluted the city and the society, and later on, the rest of the world. Factories created "poop" and caused oil pollution in the ocean where it killed many fishes.

      B) Which other main topics does it also relate to?
       This is also connected with human movement because people protest for their rights to work at factories.

2) Why did you choose this artifact, and how much time did you spend creating and/ or processing it?
       I chose this artifact because it can describe the event of the Luddite incident clearly and concise without using dull text. It took me half an hour or more to create this article.

3) What insights and understanding have you gained from the creation and/or processing of this artifact?
       This creation of an article helped me more deeply understand how the Luddite protest happened.

4) Does this artifact reflect your best work and/or ideas? Why, or why not?
       This artifact does reflect my best work and ideas because it gives us a space for imagination and creativity while we can create factual stories about the luddites.

5) Rate this artifact on a scale of -5 to 5 for the following 4 criterion:

   A) impact on the quality of your portfolio                          4

   B) Impact on your level of happiness/enjoyment              5

   C) impact on your learning                                                 3

   D) Level of creativity and originality                                  5

6) Any additional comments.