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Does the evidence of Source C support the evidence of sources A and B in Jarrow?

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Robyn Drummond 10.4 Question 2 Does the evidence of Source C support the evidence of sources A and B in Jarrow? Sources A and B both show evidence that Jarrow is a very poor town, with high unemployment and very low general standards of living, as demonstrated by the statements "there was no prospect of a job and the streets were becoming dilapidated", and "Then in 1931 everything went bankrupt and we in Jarrow had to suffer for it". These are also backed up by the figures in Source B which show a dramatic rise in unemployment figures from 1930's 3,643 to a doubling of 6,603 in 1931, which ties in with the dates quoted in Source A and the year of the Wall Street Crash in 1929, and the Great Depression which followed. ...read more.

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Also there is only one man in the background who is wearing a coat, so maybe the others couldn't afford one. The street itself appears quite run down, which supports Source A which says that "the streets were becoming dilapidated". There is also litter and old newspapers in the gutter, which shows the lack of money spent on street cleaning, and lack of money in general, as Jarrow received little or no monetary support from the government. The photograph has also been taken from the middle of the road, and also shows some men standing in the road, which indicates that the photographer has no fear of being run over by a car, because there were only a few, and most people couldn't afford one. ...read more.

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However, these conclusions, or at least some of them could be false as the photograph may have been doctored or altered in some way, making it unreliable. Also, we do not know for certain that the photograph is actually of some unemployed men in Jarrow in 1932, because there are no discernible or distinguishing features or signs which tell us the photograph is of Jarrow. Also, there is no way of knowing for certain the date as it is not represented on the photograph, and it might not be a work day, so the men would be standing outside because they didn't have to work anywhere. However, if the provenance is correct, Source C does agree with Sources A and B to show the poor quality of life and conditions within Jarrow during the early 1930s. ...read more.

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