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2Victoria Newsum Exemplar Coursework Assignment Model A British History Britain In The Second World War The Evacuation Of British Children 1. Sources B and C are evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey. Both can be described as useful but only to a certain extent. Source B is a photograph taken in September 1939 of the evacuees walking to the station in London. Photographs show exactly what is happening at a specific point in time. The photograph was taken in 1939 which was when evacuations were taking place. The photograph gives us information about how the children were evacuated and what they took with them. It also shows the expressions on the children's faces so we can see if they were happy or sad. Unfortunately the photograph does not show how the children were feeling so we don't know if they were smiling for the camera or if they were genuinely happy. The photograph is only of one part of the group of children so we don't know what the rest of the children were like ...read more.

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However it is fiction which means it was made for entertainment and doesn't have any facts in it, it was written about 40 years after evacuation had taken place so the author can not be certain about events that took place and if it is meant for evidence about evacuees then does this story give an account of what all evacuees went through? I don't think this source is reliable for information about evacuees as it was written along time after the event, it is fiction not fact and it doesn't give a true impression of what all evacuees went through. 3. "Evacuation was a great success". Some people agree with this statement others do not. The main aim of evacuation was to take children to a safer place away from the bombing to reduce the amount of possible deaths. Evacuation can be seen as both a success and as a failure. It was a success as its aim was to remove children form possible, danger it achieved this by re-homing them in places such as the countryside, away from where the bombing was taking place. ...read more.

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Also some of the foster parents just did it for the money and didn't bother to look after the children properly. Another example of pore organisation was the fact that the children were split from their families, their siblings would often be on the other side of the countryside and the children may have never seen their families again. Some of the foster parents had not been prepared for the state in which the evacuees were. They were shocked at the state they were in and didn't know how to cope. Two examples of this are source E and source F. The quote from source E "filthy habit of the children" and the quote from source F "common view of evacuees" show how the children were perceived as filthy, dirty and horrid children. As a conclusion to this, I don't think evacuation was a great success as they did not achieve a lot of what they wanted to achieve, a lot of the children had bad experiences, it was poorly organised and many of the foster parents didn't care about how they treated their children. ...read more.

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