"It wasn't that they didn't want change, They didn't want change that would destroy people's lives... Defeated, Luddism passed into history. Within a decade, the craft of cropping had vanished. The industrial revolution transformed Britain into the workshop of the world where factory life was grinding, inhuman and impoverished. And today the word Luddite is used to denegrate people those who are obstinate before progress, unreasonable before change."
I don't usually recommend 're-enactments' but i'm not opposed to films which have the sole intention of educating people about history. The word Luddite apparently has been getting a bad rap these days. Perhaps this doc can clear that up a little.