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"Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree with this interpretation?

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"Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. The evacuation had many advantages as well as many disadvantages regarding its success. From the pictures and images provided within sources A to I, the evacuation could be seen through a number of opinions, some supporting this interpretation and others neglecting it. Each source builds to the strengths or weaknesses to the evacuation. Source A is an interpretation of the relationships between evacuees and host families during the evacuation. The source is very negative about the success of the evacuation and specifies mainly the problems caused by the evacuated children. It talks about the children being deprived and of them being badly behaved and disgusting. The source has been extracted form a book written for British schools by David Taylor in 1988. Knowing that this source came from a textbook, which should have been researched by the author, you would think that the detail specified within it is reliable and honest. However it was written for the purpose of a children's schoolbook many years after the evacuation. Therefore there is a possibility that the author may have been influenced by his sources when writing the book, or more likely to have simplified it making it suitable for the children's use. From my own knowledge, I know that there were an assortment of different types of relationships between the evacuees and there families. Some children settled in with the new family and the surrounding environment, while other evacuees found it hard to settle in with the new family. ...read more.

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This source does not agree with the interpretation ' evacuation was a great success'. This is because the disobedience of some of the inner-city children became a concern and a future problem for the government during and after the evacuation. Source G is an extract form a novel about children that have been evacuated to the countryside. It is not biased for or against the evacuation, as the extract doesn't contain any views on what the author's opinions were. It is less reliable than other sources as it is a novel because the information in novels can be exaggerated or biased to improve the storyline. It may also be exaggerated because it is supposed to entertain readers and therefore not supposed to be used as a reference book. It is also written for children so information may have been left out or simplified to suit the needs of the children for their understanding and enjoyment. The novel was also written in 1973, nearly 30 years after the war so the resources used by the author may have been biased or have left out vital information or the author may have left information out that they found in their research to improve the story. Although the extract does give a good account, from my own knowledge, of people's opinions, some of the adults in the countryside, not all of them though, believed that everyone that lived in cities lived in slums and that they were poor as a kind of prejudice. But the source only shows what it was like for children in middle and upper classes and not what it was like for the working class. ...read more.

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Country people were shocked by the living conditions and attitudes of some of the evacuees from the towns and cities. In conclusion, the evacuation had many attributes as well as many limiting factors. At first the evacuation methods were slow because there was not enough foster families found in the first six months. The sources A to I manage to show both sides of the argument, for and against evacuation. The government then set up lots of schemes and promotional media about evacuation to try and encourage everyone to support the evacuation. Some parents sent their children away, but some people were bound to have bad experiences or see that there would be disagreements between the differences in lifestyle between the two communities. The evacuation was a success in the sense that the British government managed to evacuate the majority of children out of the cities and so helped save the future generations of the whole country, rather than losing them in the German air raids. Nevertheless I can also see that there was a bad side to the evacuation. There were major differences between the evacuees and host families causing friction, and some people were unconvinced by the evacuation and did not send their children away therefore the policy of evacuation may not have been enforced well enough. The many different attitudes to the evacuation led to many inconveniences for foster families and the evacuees. From this the British government learnt the importance of making the difference in economic class irrelevant to a modern society. The evacuation had a lot of enthusiastic support and had to climb over some obstacles to make it a success in many of its aims. Alan Awcock 11Te - 1 - ...read more.

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