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The Weavers' Misery (c. 1850)
The year 1844 saw the famous "Weaver's Revolt," part of the pre-history of the revolution of 1848/49. The revolt of the Silesian weavers, a response to the injustices of the low paying putting-out system, was violently suppressed by the Prussian military, and the situation of the weavers remained unchanged. Wood engraving, c. 1850.