The Swing Riots were a major headache for the powers that be in the 1830's. The farm labourers were on starvation wages and in the end some of them rioted, burning corn ricks, smashing up threshing machines and threatening the farmers that if they didn't pay up they would get a visit from 'Captain Swing'. In fact. Captain Swing didn't actually exist he was the labourer's version of the bogey man.
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