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"Machinery has so overstocked the market that it is impossible to obtain employment" Spinners were the first textile workers to be displaced by steam-powered machines. A spinner wrote in the satirical and politcaly radical journal, Black Dwarf on 30th September 1818 that when the spinning of cotton was in its infancy and before those terrible machines for superseding the necessity of human labour, called steam engines, came into use, there were a great number of what were then called little master; men who with a small capital could procure a few machines and employ a few hands......But none are thus employed now; for all the cotton is broke up by a machine, turned by the steam engine, called a devil: [Quoted in Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class]

 

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