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Which Source Is The More Useful As Evidence About The Start of The Children's Evacuation Journey?

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Question 1: Which Source Is The More Useful As Evidence About The Start of The Children's Evacuation Journey? By looking at both of the sources it is clear that both can be useful, though much depends on what you are trying to find out. Each source is very different, one is a picture taken as the event happened, the other a written account given long after the event. There are issues surrounding each and their usefulness and reliability. Source B has some obvious limitations, First of all we do not know why it was taken, was it government propaganda or simply a picture taken for a family photo album? Both would have very different implications. As propaganda was made in order to encourage parents to send their children away, the photo would only be taken if the children appeared to be happy, therefore it would not be an accurate representation of how the children were feeling. Even if this source was not apiece of propaganda it still only shows one moment in time, and you can only see a small proportion of the children's faces and as a result is very limited in its ability to represent all of the children evacuated across the country. ...read more.

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is the audience of the source, in this case children and also the origin meaning what did the author base the events in the novel on, real events or made up ones. The first thing that is noticeable about the sources reliability is that it is a novel. Novels are written to make money and most of all entertain, therefore it is most likely that many of the events within it are made up or fake. Not only is it a novel but also it is a novel for children, because of this many real life events would have been taken out due to its upsetting nature. As a result of this it is not going to be as reliable as it could be. The novel was written in 1973, this is 24 years after the evacuations in 1939, and so as with source C events may not be remembered quite the same as they happened. However much of this depends on the sources from which the Author got her information. The source refers to two children, Carrie and her brother, the text 'She thinks we're poor children' suggests that most of the evacuees were thought to be from poor working class families. As a result of this the book breaks away from the stereotype evacuee, and shows it to be wrong. ...read more.

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From the point of view of a host there were also many benefits, they would have an extra set of hands for work at harvest, which would also have an affect on the war effort, but also as I have already mentioned for many there were new friendships to be made. By looking at it from the governments point of view it also removed children from great peril, and saved many lives, this was great propaganda and was also made to appear like it was well organised. By removing children from the cities it allowed people to concentrate on what was most important to the government at this time, the war effort, Mums and Dads could now both work if they didn't already, as well as longer hours. Whilst on the other hand it could also be considered a failure. Many evacuees came from working class families in poor areas of overcrowded cities. Some had never been to the countryside before and had led a very different lifestyle from the families that they stayed with; this would obviously create friction, as I will look at in some sources further into the essay. Evacuees were often very unfamiliar with the way of life in the country, for instance some had never seen a cow. Boredom and homesickness was also a very common problem, this would inevitably lead to misbehaviour in many cases. Craig Jarvis 11 TH ...read more.

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