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The White Feather Campaign.

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The White Feather Campaign 1. The message of the poster, source A, is for families to encourage the man to sign up for the army and go off to war to fight for the country. They did this because compared to the German army at the beginning of the war, it was very small. The artist conveys the message of two women who are both from different classes waving off their husbands and sons who are going off to war. They are comforting each other implying that all women should come together and put aside their feelings to do what is best for the country. 2. Source B describes the activity of the white feather campaign as the women of the military towns such as Woolwich especially, would walk up to you if you were not in some kind of uniform and put a white feather in the lapel of your coat. The source states: 'They would come up to you and give you a white feather or stick it in the lapel of your coat.' ...read more.


wearing soft hats when they would have worn hard helmets, whereas if they were in a real war they would have been killed by then. This is completely different to source D, the trenches are very cramped, disgustingly dirty with dead bodies in it and clutter in them. The soldiers are wearing hard helmets, hunched as low as possible looking unhealthy, scared and very unhappy. The uniform looks uncomfortable and not very tidy; there is nothing pleasurable to do apart from write letters home. 4. The two sources give such different images of a trench because source C is trying to sell cigarettes by making it look appealing and glamorise life in the trenches so the product would be bought. They advertised it using the example of soldiers in the trenches because people at that time thought soldiers were courageous and if the cigarettes were good enough for soldiers then they would be good enough for them. However, source D gives a different image because it was what life really was like in the trenches it is the one that is truthful and is not trying to give an impression of the war because that was how it was. ...read more.


He did not want to fight because 'I am nor and never have been a conscientious objector. I will fight but I will choose my own enemy...' Both sources imply that they would rather fight the British rich people than the German workers; both sources say how it is not their war to fight in. 8. I think source F is very useful to the historian studying reasons why conscientious objectors opposed the war because it is first hand information coming straight from the Labour Party leader, 'straight from the horse's mouth'. It is also useful because the statement was issued as soon as the war broke out, which means it is an immediate reaction from the moment of study. I think source F is not very useful information to the historian as it is second hand information, Jennie Lee talking about her fathers experience as well as others. Also she talks about Aneurin Bevan and quotes him; this is second hand and could have changed slightly since he said it - not very reliable. Finally, the source is Jennie Lee looking back and remembering the views whereas source F was said at the time. ...read more.

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