A Christmas Carol Background
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. It is one of the most famous stories ever written. The main character of the book is miser Ebenezer Scrooge. The theme of the book is redemption.
Children were forced to work long hours under dangerous and unhealthy conditions, receiving very small wages. Countries gradually began to pass laws to reduce the amount of child labor. All 50 states have passed laws to regulate the employment of children.
The Victorian Era occurred in the 19th century. The United Kingdoms changed from a mainly agricultural nation to a mainly industrial one under the reign of Queen Victoria in 1837. The UK's population increased and more people got the right to vote.
Industrialization is the development of large industries as an important feature in a country or economic system. It took place in the late 1700's and early 1800's.
Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836. They had 10 children together. They later separated in 1858.
Charles was a well known and funny man who showed his personality through his books. He was a good person who donated to charities. His health declined and he died of a stroke in 1870.