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Charles Dickens used the early 1800s as the backdrop for Great Expectations and Pip as a youngster; however, as the century progressed, so did the Industrial Revolution with its rapid changes. You will be researching a particular topic related to the 1800s in Britain, as well as later reforms that brought about change. For example, if your topic was transportation, you would research the transportation in the early 1800s and then the later inventions that brought about changes.


  1. Childhood/Education General ideas about children; raising techniques; city vs.

rural; poor vs. wealthy; Types of schools (Dame Schools, Ragged Schools, Public Schools); Treatment of students; Teachers; poor vs. wealthy; rural vs. city

  1. Health Misconceptions, Hygiene – public and private, health remedies

Life expectancy – poor vs. wealthy

  1. Disease Hospitals, Cholera, tuberculosis, doctors, treatments

Access to healthcare – poor vs. wealthy

  1. Social Classes Describe different levels; factors that determined class;

movement between; treatment of classes; marriage/courting customs

  1. London/ City Life Poverty; Size; Population; How London grew during this period;

jobs; housing; poor vs. wealthy; Entertainment, avg. family size

  1. Rural Life Poverty; jobs; population; housing; avg. family size; wealthy

vs. poor, entertainment

  1. Morals/Ethics/Values Values and ethics; work ethic; Gambling; Temperance

(Drinking); Etiquette; idea of prosperity; human dignity

  1. People: Charles Dickens: Biographical sketch; Life as a writer; Influence in Victorian

Era/Contributions; publishing industry – copyright laws, methods of publishing books/magazines

  1. Prisons/Courts/Police Types of crime; Children and crime; Types of punishment;

Conditions of the prisons; Newgate Prison; Marshalsea Prison

Criminals in Australia

  1. Women’s Roles Mother; Governess; Teacher; Seamstress; Married Women’s

Property Act; First Alimony/Divorce; Women’s rights

  1. Religion Overview of Religion during the Victorian Age, John Henry

Newman, The Oxford Movement, Salvation Army, YMCA

  1. The Industrial Revolution History/Explanation of and Its Influence in England and


  1. Child labor in England (include kinds of jobs from the early period and later period;

apprenticeships, working conditions, laws to control child


  1. Major Events Expansion of the British Empire; diplomacy, military force

Social Reform movements

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