A Christmas Carol Background

By Lance Clark

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born to Elizabeth and John Dickens during the Victorian Era/Industrial Revolution. As many people know, Charles Dickens was famous for writing A Christmas Carol and many other famous books. Charles Dickens lived from February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870

Industrial Revolution

Life During the Industrial Revolution

During the Industrial Revolution life was hard. Most lives for the working class were short and brutal. Mills and mine were dangerous places to work. The mines were especially dangerous because of explosions going off so much through out the day which made life difficult. Child labor was a big part of the Industrial Revolution. Child labor was seen as a big social problem and political issue. While the children of poor families in the working class were working before the Industrial Revolution, it got worse during the Industrial Revolution. The mills were especially dangerous because of all the machines, there was a big risk of clothing or body parts getting caught in the machine and possibly lead to death.

Victorian Era

Life During the Victorian Era

The Victorian Era brought about complete change in way people lived in Britain. During this time agriculture was being pushed aside and labeled as a secondary way to make money because of the Industrial Revolution. Many people moved away from agricultural areas to move to the city to work with factories and commercial enterprises. By the end of the 1800s more than 80% of England's population lived in cities.