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"A Christmas Carol" is a commentary on industrialization and greed. Although the book takes place in nineteenth century England, and is a commentary on Victorian society, Dickens was also immensely popular in the United States. He was a rock star. In fact, when he visited America mobs formed around him, tearing his clothes. His works appealed to the American imagination. We never had workhouses or anything similar to the Poor Law, but we do have a bankruptcy system since the mid-1800s. I would also like to think that Scrooge and Tiny Tim influenced the American flair for philanthropy. Finally, Dickens's use of social commentary in fiction influenced writers such as Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, who changed our society just as Dickens influenced his.
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