Victorian Age

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  • A CHANGE OF SCENERY: A note in the purported Maybrick "Ripper" diary indicates that after the writer leaves the Whitechapel area, he kills a victim in Manchester, England.

  • A Christmas Carol: The classic story, by Charles Dickens, told in a new way. Read, or hear, this abridged and dramatized version as Ebenezer Scrooge finds a new way to live his life.

  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Video Clip: To help provide for his growing family, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a period of three weeks in 1843.

  • A CLOSED SOCIETY: Britain's "high society" is closed to all who are not born into the upper class.

  • A COWARD'S FEATHERS: In 1902, A.E.W. Mason's novel, The Four Feathers, highlights a soldier's fight against fear in the Sudan, and his reaction to feathers, a symbol of cowardice, given to him.

  • A DECEIVING CALM: Maybrick's illness coincides with the Ripper's disappearance during October.

  • AFTERMATH OF THE SENTENCE: Due to demand for her story, Florie writes a best-selling book about her ordeal, then spends time on the lecture circuit. Soon after, however, she becomes a recluse.

  • A HORRIBLE DEATH: Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper's first victim, has her throat slit and abdomen cut open.

  • A KILLING ADDICTION: Although there is evidence that Maybrick might be Jack the Ripper, no one knows the truth.

  • A MAN WITH A DOUBLE LIFE?: The successful cotton merchant with whom Florie falls in love is actually a drug addict with a mistress and children.

  • Approach to Christmas - England in 1849: By circa 1849, when James Pollard created his "Approach to Christmas," people in England were using trees for decoration purposes.

  • ARTISTIC INFLUENCES: The artwork of Randolph Caldecott and John Everett Millais influence Beatrix's drawings.

  • ASHES and LEGACY: Beatrix dies in 1943, but her legacy lives on through her stories and drawings.

  • Asking Scrooge to Help the Poor: Two gentlemen visit Scrooge's office to ask for a Christmas donation to help the poor. Scrooge refuses.

  • AUTHOR'S OBSERVATIONS: Examine the author's observations about Beatrix Potter and her life.

  • Awesome Easter Eggs - Faberge Eggs: In 1885, the Russian Tsar decided to give his wife a surprise Easter present. Inside the beautiful Easter egg were even more surprises. It led to an Imperial-family tradition which lasted until the Bo...

  • BACKGROUND of EBENEZER SCROOGE: Creating his famous character, Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens walks the streets of London during the fall of 1843. He ponders the best way to tell his new story.

  • BEATRIX, THE NATURALIST: Along with her drawings of animals, Beatrix illustrates insects, fossils, plants, and fungi.

  • BEAUTY of the LAKE DISTRICT: See pictures of Britain's Lake District where the Potter family spends their summers starting in 1882.

  • Birthplace of Robert Louis Stevenson - 8 Howard Place: Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland at the home of his parents located at 8 Howard Place.

  • Bob Cratchit at Scrooge & Marley: It is impossible for Bob Cratchit to stay warm in his office because Scrooge greatly restricts the amount of coal which is used to heat the place.

  • Bob Cratchit on Christmas Eve: Excited about Christmas Eve, Bob Cratchit closes the office, at Scrooge & Marley, and joins a group of boys sliding on the ice.

  • BRITAIN AND INDIA: Today's India and Great Britain bear little resemblance to the time of William Makepeace Thackeray; learn about some of these differences.

  • Camden Town - Home of Bob Cratchit: Bob Cratchit and his family live in a part of London known as Camden Town. This image depicts an area of Camden during 1839.

  • CHILD MINERS: Child miners suffer from horrible conditions and have health problems including stunted growth.

  • CHILD MINERS - THEN and NOW: Today child miners still work in some countries, but laws now protect them in the U.S. and the U.K.

  • CHRISTMAS in BRITAIN before SCROOGE: To fairly assess the impact of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," on British culture, we have to examine what Christmas was like, in the UK, before Dickens created Ebenezer Scrooge.

  • Christmas with Victoria and Albert in 1848: Prince Albert, who was born in Germany, brought his childhood love of Christmas traditions to his growing family.

  • DARK ANNIE: As Jack the Ripper's second victim, Annie Chapman's murder is similar to Nichol's.

  • DEATH OF THE MAHDI: The Mahdi dies after capturing Khartoum, but his Mahdist forces make Omdurman their capital.

  • Debtor's Prison: Fleet Prison: For centuries, London's Fleet Prison was a terrible place. People who owed debts were routinely jailed there.

  • DIARY of JOHN WILKES BOOTH: Before John Wilkes Booth plans an assassination, he plans to kidnap the President.

  • DISCUSSION TOPICS: Examine questions and discussion topics about the life and legacy of Beatrix Potter.

  • Downton Abbey - The Dowager and the Russians: Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, knows a Russian aristocrat who fled Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. What's the history behind this story line?

  • Dr. Jekyll and His Mirror: As his body begins to turn into Edward Hyde, without his first swallowing the potion, Dr. Jekyll has to look into a mirror to see what form his body is in.

  • EAST INDIA COMPANY: In the 1600s, the East India Company becomes one of the most powerful businesses in the world.

  • Ebenezer Scrooge and His Nephew Fred: When his nephew, Fred, invites Ebenezer Scrooge for Christmas dinner, the old miser even refuses his nephew's kind request.

  • Ebenezer Scrooge Hears about a Man Called "Old Scratch": Traveling with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Scrooge hears about a man who has died. No one seems to have any respect for this person whose name no one mentions.

  • Ebenzer Scrooge Meets Want and Ignorance: As the Spirit of Christmas Present guides Scrooge to various places, on Christmas Eve, he ends at a place where Ebenezer comes face-to-face with the extreme needs of two children.

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning - The Cry of the Children: After she read the 1842 "Report of the Children’s Employment Commission," an appalled Elizabeth Barrett Browning published her poem, "The Cry of the Children," in August of 1843.

  • Ellis Island - Place of Hope and Tears: Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor, served as a port of entry - between 1892-1954 - for millions of European immigrants hoping for a new life in America.

  • England's First Commercial Christmas Card: Henry Cole - a good friend of Queen Victoria's husband (Prince Albert) - was too busy to send personal Christmas greetings to his family, friends and colleagues in 1843.

  • ENTER NORMAN WARNE: Norman Warne is an editor who first helps Beatrix with her books, and then becomes her romantic partner.

  • Florence Maybrick: Death Sentence Commuted: The young Florence "Florie" Chandler sails for Paris, falls in love with an Englishman on the way, then ends-up sentenced to hang for his murder.

  • FLORIE IS CHARGED WITH MURDER: A bad lawyer and an insane judge doom the results of Florie's murder trial and sentence.

  • FLORIE'S DEATH SENTENCE: Florie is sentenced to hang, but after a public outcry against , Queen Victoria intervenes. Flories sentence is changed from death to 15 years in prison.

  • FLORIE'S DISASTROUS TRIAL: Charged with capital murder, Florence Maybrick endures a mistake-laden trial.

  • FLORIE'S MISTAKES: Florie attempts to make her own cosmetic arsenic, and implicates herself in James' death.

  • Four Feathers, The: Lord Kitchener and Anglo-Egyptian forces face Sudanese troops at Omdurman; a young Winston Churchill accompanies the Lancers.

  • George Bentley - 8-Year-Old Miner: George Bentley was an 8-year-old child who worked long, hard hours in a British coal mine. In addition to his workday, George walked 1.5 miles, each way, to the pit.

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