A Christmas Carol Background

by Derek Rittenbach

The Victorian era

The Victorian era started in 1837 and ended 1901 when King William the IV died resulting as his niece, Victoria, becoming queen. This age was a fascinating time to be alive with a new machine being invented every year. It was the industrial revolution. It started when America and England where making miraculous inventions that helped the economy. One of the biggest inventions in this time period was the steam engine train. It made travel faster for people.

The working class

Even though the industrial revolution was a economic boom, the working class struggled to get out of debt resulting as child labor. About all of the working class where in poverty and about three quarters of workers where children. This a common site to see in the factories of London. This time period lasted 64 years.