Plug Riots

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The 1842 general strike, also known as the Plug Plot Riots, started among the miners in Staffordshire, England, and soon spread through Britain affecting factories, mills in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and coal mines from Dundee to South Wales and Cornwall.

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The First General Strike, 1842 Originated in this area, beginning as a movement of resistance to the imposition of wage cuts in the mills, also known as the 'Plug Riots' it spread to involve nearly half a million workers throughout Britain and represented the biggest single exercise of working class strength in nineteenth century Britain.

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