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‘The Labourers’ Revolt (Swing Riots) in the Andover area was more ferocious than anywhere else in the south’Do you agree with this interpretation?

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'The Labourers' Revolt (Swing Riots) in the Andover area was more ferocious than anywhere else in the south' Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. The labourers' revolt was very ferocious in Andover but no more than some other places in the south. I agree that the Swing Riots were more ferocious in Andover because there is evidence in source A that parties of rioters would burn all the stacks and barns at Barton Stacey near Andover. Also in villages near Andover a crowd of 300 men destroyed threshing machines and other farming equipment. Shops and houses had to be shuttered and barred due to the fear of being robbed as the rioters moved around Andover demanding liquor and money from pedestrians. Taskers Iron Foundry was also attacked in Abbots Ann because threshing machines were produced there this is also mentioned in Source J men had to be laid off work due to the mass damage of the machines. �2000 worth of damage was done. We know that these things happened because the labourers were revolting for better wages. ...read more.

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The mob kept repeating 'Blood or money,' which suggests violence and bloodsheds if their demands weren't met. This suggests that the Swing Riots were more ferocious in Andover than anywhere else in the south. It wasn't just St. Mary Bourne; rioters would demand money and goods from any unlucky pedestrian. We know that the demands mainly made by the rioters were for higher wages and the riots must have been effective because the wages were raised to 12s per week for able-bodied men of 20 and 9s for men over 16. Other proof that the Swing Riots were more ferocious in Andover than anywhere else in the south is the harshness of the punishments given. The violence must have been great because in source F it shows that five men were originally sentenced to death. This harsh punishment reflects on the violence in and around Andover. This source is probably reliable because it contains facts and was written as a factual history book. Source F also states that 30 rioters who lived close to Andover were originally sentenced to death this proves that the riots were considered more serious in Andover than anywhere else in the south. ...read more.

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Throughout Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex there were too many workers for the jobs so there were a lot of unemployed labourers and a lot of underpaid labourers. We know that Andover may not have been quite so ferocious because there are lots of words in the sources to suggest that they were exaggerated. For example 'smashed,' 'forced,' and 'demolishing'. Also the numbers of rioters may have been exaggerated as in sources A and D as many as 200 to 300 rioters were said to be threatening in the same place. So Andover may not be more ferocious than anywhere else in the south. Also the swing riots in Andover may not be as ferocious as we are led to believe because the five men due to be hung to begin with in source F were then instead sent to Australia for seven years, so if the punishment became milder then the riots may not have been any worse than anywhere else in the south. I do agree that the Swing riots in Andover were quite violent but I don't agree that the riots in Andover were more ferocious than anywhere else in the south. I think that the violence in some other places was as great as the violence in Andover. ?? ?? ?? ?? Karen Spanswick ...read more.

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