School Library: Dracula and the 19th Century

Ms. Friedman's Dracula Presentations


When you're browsing for books in the library, here are some good sections to check out.  Remember: you can always use the library catalog to search for a specific topic, and the reference section on the balcony is a great place to get information for a paper.

- 820: British History
- 575: Evolution (the history and science of)
- 398: Superstition and folklore
- 330.9, 909.8: The Industrial Revolution 

Also, we now have ebooks for you to read online!  Just click the link to start reading.  Only one person at a time can have each book, just like a paper copy.  Please remember to hit the "close book" button when you're finished so the next person can have a turn! 

Between Women: Friendship, Desire and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus

Daily Life in Victorian England by Sally Mitchell

Health Medicine and Society in Victorian England by Mary Wilson Carpenter

Victorian London’s Middle Class Housewife by Yaffa Claire Draznin

Youth of Darkest England: Working Class Children at the Heart of the Victorian Empire by Troy Boone






General Victorian (Gender Roles, Class Expectations, and Medicine and Science Groups will be able to use these links):


Victorian Web
A great collection of short articles on every topic under the sun (including biographies for hundreds of different people); there are also lots of links to other sources.  Every group in this assignment should be able to find some information on this site. 

Dictionary of Victorian London
This is another fantastic, encyclopedic site.  There is something for every group and every topic here.  Because it is a “dictionary” (though not a traditional one), the entries here are sometimes shorter, but it’s a great place to go for basic information or information on hard-to-find topics.  There is also the option to download (for a price) Victorian ebooks, which may or may not be useful to you.

Historical Newspapers:
British newspapers, flyers, and other paper relics going back to the 1800s.  You can search by keywords or browse by time period; either way, these are incredibly interesting and will really help get a feel for the time period.

The Times of London Historical Archives
Similar to the previous source, with only one newspaper; these archives go all the way back

Internet Modern History Sourcebook
This is an excellent collection of links to documents actually written in the 19th Century.  The documents cover a lot of the topics you’ll be presenting on (there are sections for gender and class issues).  The information might be a little bit hard to read through (since it was written so long ago), but it really gives you a good idea of what people were thinking and feeling back then.

BBC History: Victorians
British history straight from the Brits.  This website has sections on health and welfare, technology and innovation, daily life, the industrial revolution and more.  Each section has several in depth articles written by professional historians.  This is a great place for more in-depth information about some of your topics.

Primary History: Victorian Britain
This website from the BBC is most definitely intended for younger kids – this is not the place to be getting facts for your lesson.  However, they have tons of great images and short videos that will be great for making your presentations look more interesting. 


Jack the Ripper, Scotland Yard, and the London Police:

Casebook: Jack the Ripper
This website claims to be “the largest public repository” of Jack the Ripper information on the internet – whether or not that’s strictly true, there is a lot of information here.  The introduction alone is a huge essay that discusses all of the big questions about the case.  There are also reproductions of letters written from “Jack the Ripper” with a discussion of their authenticity, biographies of witnesses and the police involved in the investigation, official documents, and much more.

Notorious Crime Profiles: Jack the Ripper
Broken down into different sections for crimes, arrest, investigation, and aftermath, this is a nice introduction to Jack the Ripper.  It isn’t as comprehensive as the Casebook website above, but it’s a good place to start.  Also, the timeline is excellent, and makes the sometimes confusing events much easier to get a handle on.

Jack the Ripper Revisited: Time
This article from Time Magazine isn’t long, but it does have a lot of great detail in it, and it pretty clearly illustrates why the case was important and what its lasting legacy is.  It’s also a lot better written and easier to read than some of the other websites you’ll find on this topic.

Who Was Jack the Ripper: Time
This Time article from 1970 seems rather assured of the identity of Jack the Ripper, suggesting that he was actually a young Duke and that his identity was known to Scotland Yard during the time the murders were being committed.  It is certainly only a theory (as you’ll find out by reading the other sources), but it’s interesting to read about one of the prime suspects.

Metropolitan Police Service: History
This is a great website for getting a sense of what the police did during the Victorian Era, the challenges they faced (in addition to Jack the Ripper), the kinds of cases they solved, and how they have evolved over time.  There isn’t too much information on Jack the Ripper here, but there is a lot about the police force in general.  Make sure to click through all the links; each of them has something helpful behind it.

Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police: British History Online
This is actually from a print encyclopedia of British History.  It’s a very long (and fairly detailed) article about the history of Scotland Yard until the 1890s.  It doesn’t just cover the Victorian Era, but there is a substantial section on that time period.  Fair warning, this was actually written in 1898, so the language is definitely from that period and might be a bit hard to read. 


The Industrial Revolution:

The Industrial Revolution: Western New England College
This is another website for a college course, and it is an equally detailed overview of the time period.  It’s a little bit more readable than the WSU website above.

Industrial Revolution – Information Please
Information Please is a website that combine a lot of different encyclopedias and sources with basic facts (so it’s really great for tricky fact-based questions you need answered).  The industrial revolution is ok; it’s not very long, and it isn’t very detailed.  It’s a good place to start your research, but make sure you’re getting supporting details from another source.  However, the great things about Information Please are the links at the bottom of each article.  These are all from reliable sources, and they’ll be a great way for you to get the details you need.

Table of the Spread of Industrialization
The page has lots of numbers and charts to illustrate how industrialization spread through Europe.  Remember, if you use information from one of these charts or if you copy a chart into your presentations, make sure to cite it just like any other website!

Victorian Technology: BBC History
This website is part of the BBC’s Victorian history website (linked to in the general Victorian section above as well), but it focuses on the technology and inventions that made the Industrial Revolution possible.

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution: Economic History Services
A great, very detailed article from an online encyclopedia, this article would work for both the industrial revolution and gender roles groups.  This is a very thorough article (possibly a little dry), but it is packed full of great information.  Also, make sure you look at the citations – the sources this writer used will probably be great sources for you to use as well.

Child Labor During the British Industrial Revolution: Economic History Services
This is an extremely thorough, well–written article about child labor.  It also touches on class issues, so it would be useful to that group as well.  Also, there are lots of citations here, which should be useful to you as well. 

Gender Roles:

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution: Economic History Services
A great, very detailed article from an online encyclopedia, this article would work for both the industrial revolution and gender roles groups.  This is a very thorough article (possibly a little dry), but it is packed full of great information.  Also, make sure you look at the citations – the sources this writer used will probably be great sources for you to use as well.



Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection
This is why the internet is so great: this website is all the ebooks, scans of very old books and documents, and other resources that Cornell University has in its (very large) witchcraft and superstition collection.  And you can use it!  Even though you don’t go to Cornell and are a few hundred miles away from the library!  Isn’t it great?  Be very specific in your searches (the collection isn’t arranged by topic and it’s not easy to browse… you should definitely be using the search function) and you’ll be rewarded with tons of fantastic information.

The Origins of Popular Superstitions and Customs
This website is actually a scan of a book written in 1910 about superstition.  It’s pretty comprehensive; each day or superstition or omen gets a lengthy chapter with lots of detail.  The book was written by a British author, and so the superstitions here are generally of British origin.

British Superstitions
Is this written for young children?  Yes.  Is it also a great list of superstitions you might want to research in more depth elsewhere?  Yes.  In no way shape or form should this be your only source for anything – but it’s a great place to figure out what to search for and get a good general idea of what should be a part of your presentation.

British Superstition: The Online Books Page
This is exactly what it sounds like: a list of online books.  There is only one book about British superstition, but there are lot of more general books about superstition (most of them are quite old)


Vlad the Impaler:

Vlad the Impaler: Dracula’s Homepage
Written by an “internationally recognized expert on Dracula,” this page is very, very thorough.  There is plenty of biographical information about Vlad, differences between Vlad and Dracula, how Vlad came to be the inspiration for the character, and even an image gallery full of portraits of Vlad.  Not only is this a fantastic source for your projects, it’s also a great resource for understanding Dracula in general, so don’t miss the non-Impaler-related sections of the site.

The Historical Dracula
This website was created for a college history class, and it has a good overview of Vlad’s life, his victims, and the possibility that he himself was a victim as well.

Vlad the Impaler
This website is actually a very well done student project.  Again, there’s a lot of good information here – try not to be distracted by absolutely crazy background  and graphics.

Dracula: Fact and Fiction (Video)
The three Dracula videos from the History Channel are all fairly short, but they pack a lot of information into a short time.  They’re also really interesting to watch (even if this isn’t your topic!). 

Evolution vs. Creationism:

Biology and Darwin: Philosophy of Science
From a college class on the Philosophy of Science, this collection of links about Darwin is fantastic.  There are links for all of Darwin’s major works, biographical information, general links about evolution, and more.  This is definitely a great place to start exploring the topic.

Darwin and Darwinism in Victorian Literature
Written by a professor at Baruch College, this article discusses how the evolutionism vs. creationism debate played out in literature.

The Origin of Species First Edition
The Origin of Species is no longer under copyright, so you can read it online in a lot of different places.  But, this is a scan of the first edition of the book, which is pretty cool.

Biography of Thomas Huxley
A nice, detailed biography of Thomas Huxley, a prominent evolutionist who worked to further Darwin’s cause during the Victorian Era.

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