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Which source is more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey?

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G.C.S.E Coursework Question 1 Study Sources B and C Which source is more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey? Explain your answer using sources B and C and knowledge from your studies. Sources B and C are both useful sources as they both give us evidence on children's evacuation journey. However source B is picture from the evacuees walking to the station in London, September 1939 and source C is an interview for a teacher at the time. The picture basic shows us that the children were on their way to the railway station, being escorted by teachers, which is true as this was a typical case of evacuation in 1939. It also shows us those teachers where in control of the pupils as teachers were leading the way and controlling the line. Which is true, as parent weren't allowed near the children, this was a typical case of evacuation in 1939. The source also shows us children were carry gas marks, every child in evacuation had to carry a gas mask with them. This shows the source reliable in a visual sense. However this source is a picture so therefore only gives us a split second of what evacuation was like. ...read more.


However we can't actually see the source we can only read it therefore we don't know exactly what it was like as it is not a detailed source. The source might also be a bit blurred, as teachers have to be over 24 so 49 years later at the age of 75 (at least) her memory might not be reliable. This source is also subjective to what she saying, as she only would have seen it through teacher's point of view. 'All you could hear was the feet of the children and a kind of murmur, because the children were too afraid to talk.' She would really know how the children felt, as she would have been too busy sort out thing as we can see in source B. This makes it lose a bit of its reliability. Source C is a Teachers description of what happened at the school she worked at. It is a Useful source as gives a description of what happened during the process. It is a reliable source as the teacher was actually there at the time of the evacuation. None of the facts she gives sound incorrect 'Mothers weren't allowed with us, but came along behind.' ...read more.


The truth can often be quite a subject, so novel will not always write the whole truth; otherwise few people would not want to read the novel. The novel is based on a true story, which means the writer cannot blatantly lie, because then her for this reason you cannot lie about as evidence. A novel is based on a true story, and then the author will most likely have carried out some research to ensure that the novel is accurate to some degree. The novel is intended for children. This would certainly effect how it is because children normally have a short attention span and will read anything that isn't very interesting. This shouldn't affect the reliability of this source because evacuation an interesting subject secondly, the novel cannot not any complexities that children will not understand. This means that although the source is quite reliable and tells you some of the facts, it can't tell all facts because this would mean going into to much detail never the less on conclusion I would say that this source is reliable because it is clearly successful. The reconstruction of a source is secondary situation that could well have evidence occurred means that it may not perfectly describe the actual event. This does not mean that source is unreliable because it would still be an accurate account. ...read more.

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