A debtors‘ prison is a prison for people who are unable to pay debt. These prisons have only been used recently. Through the mid 19th century, debtors‘ prisons were a common way to deal with unpaid debt in Western Europe.
A debtors‘ prison it was a terrible place, the conditions were terrible, a little food, rats, often the ceilings were very low to make it uncomfortable. Death was common in these places. Sometimes a man’s whole family accompanied the one in debt to the prison. Charles Dickens father went to a debtor’s prison when dickens was 12. Dickens had to go to work in a Blacking factory. He lived there while the rest of his family lived in the prison. He walked over 10 miles to visit them his one half day off from work Sunday.
Charles Dickens having seen the horrific conditions the poor had to live in he become aware of the suffering he wrote books that exposed this suffering. Lets Listen to a version of Dickens A Christmas Carol a christmas story that deals with these issues.
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