A Christmas Carol Background

Madison Letherman

Charles Dickens

Charles lived from 1812 to 1870. He was born and raised in England. Charles had a hard start to life, as his family was sent to jail for being in debt. Leaving him to fend for himself and to find a job in order to set his family free. What made it even harder was that in this time poverty was a difficult thing to go through, not to mention most of the jobs Charles worked were harsh and unfair. However as time went on, as we all should know, Charles became a grand writer. He married and made quite the life for himself. However we can tell from his writing he was never quite satisfied with life, and unfortunately he died with these feelings.


The industrial revolution brought the invention of machines to do the work of had tools, use of power, and the adaptation of the factory systems. With out these advances the world would be unrecognizable from what we know today.

Victorian Era

The Victorian Era was known as such because of the young queen who ruled during that time, Queen Victoria. She ruled from 1837 to 1901.

Child labor and Poverty during the Victorian Era

Child labor was permitted, for one reason because many families were very poor and could use the extra money. However most children weren't paid well and worked long and grueling days. Many children were barely older than 4 when they began work.