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Evacuation was a key factor in the war and although it was a success there is other information that also say it was a failure.

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David Bramall 10P. 894 Words. GCSE History Coursework: Evacuation. Evacuation was a key factor in the war and although it was a success there is other information that also say it was a failure. Evacuation not only affected the children it also affected the hosts and the parents and was a totally new situation for everyone involved and there was mixed feelings by everyone involved as to whether it really was necessary but if it wasn't for this most of the children would have either been injured or killed so this reduced the risk of any harm happening to them. Source A is a picture showing evacuees walking to the station all waving and very happy but although it is primary it doesn't give a full picture of what everyone felt like so it cant be considered as a very useful source and could be biased because it doesn't state who it was taken by so it could have been taken by the government as a source of propaganda to show parents that letting their children go wasn't too bad after all and that the children were "excited" to go. ...read more.

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parents because they didn't have enough to take in all the children although it could have just been published as a source of propaganda like in ww1 they used propaganda to make people join the army they are using propaganda here to appeal to peoples emotions to get "involved" and foster the children. Source E is an extract from a mass observation survey done by the observer in 1940 where they are interviewing a parent and it is basically telling us that not all parents wanted their children to go and the ones that did let them go were very reluctant to do so. It is not propaganda and is reliable in that it was an interview of that time and actually gets the true feelings of the parent. It is well suited to source B as both express in their own way some sort of reluctance shown by parents to let their children go. Source F was the 'evacuees' video and was quite useful in that it told us quite a lot of information from people who were actually ...read more.

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It was carried out successfully although not all parents wanted their kids to go with complete strangers so it was quite hard to convince the parents to let their children go. The hosts of the evacuees also had a bad time in that they didn't know who they were going to end up with and it was hard for everyone when who the evacuees were put with had a different religion or were of a different social class so the evacuees and hosts had to just try and work round each other. The children were the people most affected by evacuation in that the hosts they ended up with could have been anyone and it was a truly "terrifying" experience for the children in that quite a few were used as "slaves" or if they were working class and the hosts were of a higher class they might have been treat cruelly or could have been "left out" if the hosts had other children. Evacuation was both good and bad so in some way it was a success and others it wasn't although it did save lives so it can be considered a success in that way. ...read more.

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