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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.

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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 some ways evacuation was a success. Source B depicts a group of evacuees, who appear to be genuinely happy, as they are all smiling, whilst walking to the train station. Source B indicates that evacuation was a success, and is likely to be reliable as it was created in the era that evacuation was taking place (1939). However, the purpose of the source in question is to portray evacuation as a success, in order to encourage those living in large cities to allow their children to be evacuated. Source B may be government propaganda, and it only focuses on one scene, at one time. ...read more.


The film illustrates and focuses on the successes of evacuation, as the boy becomes closer to his host (Mr. Tom) through all his experiences. The boy's lifestyle is dramatically improved through evacuation, which is a clear success. However, the source's purpose, being a film, is to entertain, therefore may not be entirely reliable, or accurate. Other factors show evacuation to be a failure. Source A is an extract from a textbook, published for use in British schools, in 1988. It demonstrates evacuation's failures, it claims: "many evacuees could not settle in the countryside" and that "the country people were shocked at the obvious poverty and deprivation" of the evacuees that they hosted. This clearly illustrates that evacuation was, in some cases, a failure. ...read more.


The source is likely to be reliable, as it is an interview, meaning first hand experience. However, the interviewee may have been chosen due to their unusual experience. Source F claims that evacuees did not all hail from city slums, but it was their hosts who were living in squalor. "It is just as upsetting for a clean and well educated child to find itself in a grubby semi-slum as the other way round." The source is an interview, therefore a first hand account, but may not be entirely reliable, as it is only the opinion of an individual, and cannot be generalised. In conclusion, Evacuation was overall a success, as whatever the problems or mismatches, children were being removed from a "danger-zone", and that in many cases they gained better lifestyles through evacuation, and were removed from the poverty of the inner city slums. ...read more.

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