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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
When we think of Victorian England, we often think of nineteenth-century London as the city depicted in the novels of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. London had always been a major center of commerce and government, but with the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century it also became an industrial giant and more importantly, a transportation hub. As the farming economy gave way to manufacturing, more and more people moved from villages into the cities. Crime, disease, and poverty were some of the results of exponential population migration combined with inadequate government programs. In this volume of the "Life in Victorian England" series we learn about the social upheaval caused by this shift. The chapters describe factories, the urban environment, the working class, and the lives of middle class men and women. The book includes a section about Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who terrorized underclass neighborhoods of Victorian London. There is also a section that discusses child labor and other social problems of the times and an interesting page of famous inventions or discoveries that occurred during the period, including photography, refrigerators and motor cars. This volume gives young readers today a look at a turbulent society and allows them to compare it with our own. As with the other volumes in this series, there is a nice glossary and bibliography as well as notes on each chapter and an index. Recommended for school libraries and public libraries. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608700295
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Life in Victorian England Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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