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Evacuation was a Great Success

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"Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. In September 1939, Evacuation was used to give safety to over a million school children living in the larger cities and towns of Great Britain. They were moved temporarily from their homes to places that the government considered safer usually out in the countryside and the more rural areas. The British Government did this as a safety precaution as they had declared a war with Germany; British towns would be targets for bombing raids by aircraft. Evacuation could be considered a success because many poor inner city children who had never experienced rail travel before were able to travel from outside inner cities. Even fewer children had been to the countryside. Many of the children thought evacuation would be something of a holiday or a great adventure. ...read more.

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These both infer that evacuation was not a success. This father however is not the majority of the population so cannot say that most parents did not like evacuation and the statistics are against this father as many children were sent and if the majority of parents didn't agree with evacuation and not sent their child the amount of children sent would definitely be much lower. Source B is a photograph shows a group of children on their way to the train station - which is a large part of evacuation. This also is a part where children weren't told what was happening and were grouped with their schools. All the children seem very happy and posing for the picture. Even though most of the children involved in evacuation were told what was actually happening when they got to the train station. This may be why they seem unusually happy. This source shows evacuation in a positive manner - therefore may show that evacuation was a success as the children weren't upset with the whole operation. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is trying to persuade more families to take in an evacuated child. It is propaganda so it is doubtlessly going to focus only on the positive aspects of the process, and whilst the author will most likely not have directly lied about how good and successful a thing it is, the purpose of the piece would be to try and persuade people into something, so the truth may have been edited slightly or exaggerated. I think that evacuation was a success; many people would agree and call it a 'great success'. Yet, there are those sources in which shows that evacuation wasn't a 'perfect' success. I see it as inevitable that some evacuees had unfriendly or strict foster parents and also, that some evacuees were bad mannered and deviant. Yet the things the government could control ran smoothly, and there were fewer casualties than expected, this surely means it was a success of some sort - yet there is an argument that if the children weren't even sent away that there would be the same decreased number than necessary. ...read more.

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