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Evacuation in Britain.

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Mukesh Chauhan The Second World War 1939-45 Evacuation in Britain 1. Were evacuees excited by the idea of leaving home? 2. Which source is more useful, B or C? I would say that the evacuees were more anxious than excited. A child leaving their home for the very first time, they don't know where there going, who there going to be staying and they don't know when there going to see there parents again. I don't think a child can really be excited when put in this situation. Source B is a primary source and was taken at the time of evacuation. It does show the children that are being evacuated excited. But this picture could have been taken by the government as propaganda. So that the parents who haven't sent their children off yet, won't be worried and will be at more ease to see that there children are happy and excited. I would say that source B is unreliable because we don't know whom the picture was taken by. Also a picture just shows one second in time, it could have been that the cameraman could have told the children to smile for the camera. Also there is a small amount of people in the picture compared to the thousands of children that were evacuated. ...read more.

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Most of the houses in the slums didn't have a toilet if there was it was normally outside and was a dry toilet. If a house did have a toilet it normally just had one so to have two must mean that her family was quite rich. Also the standard of living in the countryside was higher than in the slums. So the family she got were probably form the slums and don't know how to live at such high standards. In source F the evacuee has travelled to a new home and probably has been misjudged. He was probably a well-educated child that wasn't treated well when evacuated. 5. Source A is a summary of evacuation from a school history textbook do you think it gives an accurate interpretation of people's attitude towards evacuation? I don't think that source A gives an accurate interpretation of people's attitude towards evacuation. This source has concentrated on all the negative factors of the evacuation programs. This source has not mention one positive factor abut evacuation it has mentioned the filthiness of the children and their bad manners. This wasn't always the case there were children that were well mannered and many children did fit in the country. But there were people who resented evacuation they were mainly the people that had to take on the evacuees. ...read more.

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But this evacuation program was not properly organised at all. The government basically told the people who lived in the countryside that "a whole load of children are coming to stay from the city and you have to take them into your homes and look after them." This doesn't sound appealing to the people who live there, that is probably why so much dislike was shown. The children were basically told they were going to be leaving home, going to some town or countryside they probably never heard of, going to live with people they didn't know and they didn't know when they were going to return home. It is very obvious that they are going to shoe resentment towards this. But they had to go. This led to treatment of evacuees and evacuees to hosts. Some evacuees were treated badly as shown in source F and some evacuees behaved poorly towards their hosts as shown in source E. There was no organisation of this program that was why there was so much disruption as this was going on. The evacuation of children did save many lives. By being sent to the countryside the children didn't have to see the devastation of the bombs and all the killings. There aim of evacuation was successful in the sense they provided the children with normal lives and make them able to carry on after the war even after all the destruction. ...read more.

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