Left "W" frame with headshot of author Nancy Churnin; right "M" frame with illustration from cover of book of Eliza Davis

Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: Dear Mr. Dickens

Calling all Brave Kids! Join the National Women’s History Museum’s Brave Girls Virtual Storytime and author Nancy Churnin as she reads her 2021 picture book, Dear Mr. Dickens, followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

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Eliza Davis believed in speaking up for what was right. Even if it meant telling Charles Dickens he was wrong.

In Eliza Davis’s day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.

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