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ERIC Number: EJ796374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
An Analysis of Environmental Issues in 19th Century England Using the Writings of Charles Dickens
MacKenzie, Ann Haley
American Biology Teacher, v70 n4 p202-204 Apr 2008
Charles Dickens lived during the best and worst of times in 19th century England. His writings were greatly influenced by the ongoing industrial revolution. He described abhorrent environmental conditions, inadequate sanitary practices, child abuse, and other social maladies of the times. By bringing Charles Dickens into the biology classroom, teachers and students can compare a portrait of the environment in another century to the environmental issues of today. Dickens' writings provide vivid images of a time facing major health, sanitary, and working conditions of the poor, which offer an important historical and social perspective for students. This article presents several excerpts of Dicken's writing and suggests how these writings can be used in biology classroom discussions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)