Monday, January 1, 2018

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' Writing of "A Christmas Carol"

There was a great deal of slavery in the 19th century, and it was not only to be found in the American South. From Nancy Bilyeau:
The original Dickens' manuscript is owned by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, one of its prized possessions, and from November 3, 2017, to January 14, 2018, the manuscript showing Dickens' own corrections is on display in the exhibition "Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas."

Dickens was always preoccupied with the poor of England, especially in London and other cities. The country was going full tilt as an industrialized society, but that meant brutal working schedules for many, often 16 hours a day in the factories for six or seven days a week. "Child labor at the time was synonymous to slavery," wrote scholar Dr. Anindita Dutta. "Children were subject to inhuman torture, exploitation, and even death." (Read more.)

1 comment:

Helen Davis said...

Wow. The fantasy that the past was a more moral, godly time is just that.