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Why do sources A-F differ in their attitudes to the evacuation of children?

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Why do sources A-F differ in their attitudes to the evacuation of children? Explain answer using all the sources, the interpretation and knowledge from your studies. All the sources given differ in their attitude towards the evacuation of children. Source A shows children walking, quite carefree down a street, about to be evacuated. The children are not walking with their parents, but some of the children are on their own, probably because they have already been split up from their parents, and already know where they are going to be staying. Some children in the picture are with an adult that could be a parent or a minder. The children in the photo probably don't know exactly why they are being evacuated, and that is why they don't look too upset. It might have been the first time that the children had been away from their parents, so they would have been quite anxious or nervous, but wouldn't have shown it in the photo. ...read more.

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This is quite an unreliable source, because we are not sure when the author was born, or if she had any part in evacuation. This would be the attitude that some foster parents would have had, that the children they were fostering were poor, because they were from rural areas. It also shows that the children in the novel were understanding of their foster parents, as they didn't answer back about the slippers, but just giggle about it. Source D is an appeal from the government to ask more people in Scotland to help in the War effort, and consider fostering a child. Some people during the War wouldn't have wanted to foster any children, but this account was very sympathising in its views towards the subject, and was congratulating parents who had already fostered a child for the War. It is trying to boost the confidence and morale of the country, and any respectful free home would give a house to an evacuee. ...read more.

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Sources B, C, and E are quite similar, in the way they are presented, because they are more realistic sources, as they are from a point of view of one or a few children. Source B is clearly more likely of what the whole ordeal of evacuation was about, but source A gives a completely different picture, with the children looking quite happy. Source C, although it is not a primary source is a other good example of what life would be like when you had been fostered, when the children moved in with the parents, they knew very little about each others way of living, and would have been a strange experience on both parts. Source E is much like the last two, because it is from the time, actually from a parent who would have been feeling very unhappy, and gets the message through about evacuation a lot better, rather than a poster showing children thanking their foster parents. I believe that the sources with knowledge in, and have points of view portray a better depiction of what life really was like. History Coursework ...read more.

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