Editor says, what if the York Special Commission had found the Luddites not guilty of industrial sabotage? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality the York Special Commission found the men guilty of industrial sabotage and executed them. The movement for the rights of workers would be set back decades, even the 1838 Chartist movement failing on many of its points that would not be fully met until WWI. Built upon the backs of workers, industry surged ahead, establishing widespread growth in GDP and luxury goods for the poor as had never before been seen in history. National achievements such as defeating Napoleon and establishing public steam railways as early as 1825 would become landmarks of the ever-accelerating Industrial Revolution. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.