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Copy of A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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Megan Tinsley

on 17 October 2016

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Transcript of Copy of A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Time: 1840’s Place: London, England
London, England -- 1800-1860
What was the city like in the 1800’s?
• Large, crowded, and polluted
• Streets covered with garbage and horse dung
• No running water, bathrooms, or electricity
• Rats and vermin were thick and carried disease
• Drinking water from the Thames River polluted with human waste
• Black, sticky coal soot covered everything
• Disease was rampant / average life-span 22 years
Rich traveled in horse drawn carriages --- Working class and poor walked
Wealthy children pampered and had private tutors.
Children of successful business men attended schools.
Children of poor and homeless (80%) were put to work.
Children as young as 4 years old worked 10-12 hours per day.
Chimney sweeping was a filthy and dangerous job.
Young children usually performed this task because they were small and could actually climb into the chimneys to clean them.
They were constantly covered in soot and suffered from lung ailments.
Children worked in coal mines, textile factories, as street-sweepers, chimney sweeps, or as servants.
Many poor children became thieves and pick-pockets in order to survive.
Charles Dickens1812-1870
As the family grew, the Dickens fell on hard financial times Dad worked, but spent more than he earned Charles had to quit school at age 12 in 1824 and go to work. He worked long hours for little pay in a shoe blacking factory. He attached labels to shoe polish canisters. He became the main breadwinner when his father, mother and younger siblings were sent to debtor’s prison.
His family was released from prison after three years when debts were paid off Charles was traumatized by this experience, but became a “champion of the poor.”
Building BackgroundKnowledge For:
Victorian Child Worker Short Story

Child of the Victorian Era had to endure unspeakable working conditions. Using what you have learned, with partner write a story about being a child during this time period.

You may write your story through multiple diary entries, or in short story format. You should use what you know about the hardships of life that Victorian Children faced.

Role (Choose one)
A homeless child who is a pick pocket.
A child whose parent sold them into labor.
A child who is forced into the Navy.
A child who works to support their family.

Pick pocket
Chimney Sweep
Brick Maker

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