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What are the problems with using these sources to investigate working conditions in the mines of the Black Country in the nineteenth century? Source A is written by George Barnsby who is a communist in 1750-1867, it tells you about the working conditions he says the owner owns a production estate the owner could of improve social conditions but he doesn't. The writer focus's on the right time period and right area. The writer mentions 'the pillar and stall method' and 'the butty system' we know this reliable because he is a professional. Source A fits well with my background knowledge which that mining isn't safe. The source aims to persuade into thinking into his way because of the tone of the language he is using such as 'twin evils' and 'death drops'. The author is a Marxist he wants everyone to have the same share, this makes most of the information biased because he favours the workers rather than mine owners, and believes that the mine workers are being exploited. ...read more.

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A most horrible MINE DIASTER!" this is more personal than factual. Source D is written by Thomas Whynne who was an inspector of mines in 1854. He talks about deaths of miners and he says he doesn't care about how they get the coal along as they get it. After a man died no-one appeared at the inquest other than the working miners, the Butty said "he would sleep there better than in his own bed". The next day the coal fell and was killed. Source D fits well with my background knowledge because I know mine isn't a safe place to stay the night and I know it causes deaths. The author is an inspector but we don't know who he is inspecting for so it isn't that reliable. He's purpose of writing is to inform us because he is writing a report so it is reliable. So this means he's tone of language is factual because "A man killed by a fall of coal" isn't the same as "boys roasted to death" as I have pick out from another source that phrase is emotive unlike the one from this source. ...read more.

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It is a tourist attraction, profits comes first in order to survive. Its limited health and safety but it des show how dangerous mining could be. All the buildings have been brought across the Black Country and reconstructed on the site. Its well research it shows the danger of mining i.e. "pillar and stall method" this is shown in source A and D. Source G the Black Country museum website talks about Admission prices Opening times Visiting the museum Where we are? It has a short range of information on the museum, but it does not really help us with our enquiry in the working conditions in the mines of the Black Country in the 19th century. In conclusion all the sources have issues which we should question, but they do all have something in common, deaths and danger this can be a starting point for a full investigation on mines and mining conditions. There are no sources giving there views of the mine owners and there no sources giving the view of the miners themselves. We will need to include there details to give a full balance view of what it was like to be a miner in the Black Country in the 19th century. ...read more.

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