• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far do these sources agree about what happened in Sharpeville on the morning of 21 March?

Extracts from this document...


Assignment 2 (assessment Objectives2 and3) Question one Q: How far do these sources agree about what happened in Sharpeville on the morning of 21 March? Sources A and B both agree that a protest took place on the 21st of March around lunchtime. Both also agree that protesters and police were present. The police were in Saracens armoured vehicles. The sources also state the violence started around the police station. Source A: "There were plenty of police too, well armed," The police clearly expecting violence otherwise they would not be armed. The writers of these sources convey many differences in atmosphere .Source A conveys the atmosphere to be peaceful "It was like a Sunday outing" However, source B it is shown as something out of a gangster movie with lots of shootings. "There was a shooting in the morning in which African was killed and another wounded". This is quiet horrific you would not expect this to happen in broad day light with children and women around, this would defiantly make the atmosphere tense. ...read more.


The police were present in source A and B in source A they were in their Saracen's three to be precise the police were also armed expecting trouble. The picture is not very valuable because it was taken in the morning, we do not know what happened before it and only one picture was taken; it is a bad angle to look at, as all the people seem to be in one place he cannot really tell what is happening. We know the violence started at lunchtime this has taken in the morning. Source C supports Source A wore but it is unreliable because of the above reasons, therefore it could prove B to be wrong. C disagrees with the atmosphere of B. Source C is peaceful however, source B was described to be violent, this means that source C does not support source B. Source D agrees with source B because the people have besieged the car/van, the people are also holding up their thumbs but seem angry, we cannot see any children. ...read more.


Nearly all those who were later treated in hospital for shots in the back. This clearly shows us they were running for their lives. They also said no one provoked the police, the crowed had good intensions for a peaceful rally the police were the aggressors. The witnesses were kept in separate wards so they could not discuss what happened, this makes this source more reliable because the statements are all of their own and yet they all agree, which could make this a more reliable source. The bishop is a respectable and reliable person because he wrote the truth but he is bias because e is a member of the Anglican Church who was against segregation from the beginning. The opinions of these witnesses are not reliable as evidence because they would not say, "Oh I threw a stone at them to annoy them, then they shot me and the others ". Source F is very bias because they are all anti apartheid the facts are unbalanced they are only putting their view forward and they might want revenge having been injured. Source E is reliable ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. What happened at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960? Massacre or self defence?

    Also, the people shown look to be interested as is said in Source A but it cannot be proven with only two limited photos In black and white. The photos obviously do not have any sound so it cannot be said if the crowds were chanting at all or if there was gunfire.

  2. Why was the Sharpeville Massacre Produced such different interpretations?

    Source J was written by a white reporter who was an eyewitness that said she saw policemen who were kicking women who were trying to retrieve the dead bodies.

  1. Study Source A, The Long Shadow of little Rock . What can you learn ...

    and when the public finally saw the brutality the Congress had no choice left: but to act. The main factors that contributed into helping end segregation were the media: television, protests of individuals: Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, other contributions were the international problems that America was facing during the time.

  2. History on Sharpeville

    Use the sources to explain your answer. In Source C, a Saracen is shown in front of a crowd of blacks. The crowd is not enormous, and there is no indication of the police being 'besieged', which makes Source B a little bit less reliable.

  1. What happened at Sharpeville On 21st March 1960 - Massacre or Self defence: source ...

    way through to the police station but it is not clear that they are being violent or not. The picture is taken from to far away to see if they are holing offensive weapons or not because it captures one moment in time, and at this time they could have just getting ready to get violent.

  2. Bloody Sunday - Source based Coursework

    It also describes a march as well as the types of people and what happened in these marches. We can also see that the R.U.C intervened this is useful. Unlike the photograph source C tells us that there was violence used and marchers forced there ways through, However, the usefulness

  1. South Africa and Apartheid: Have the effects of apartheid disappeared?

    who have had up to St 10, as opposed to higher than St 10, because I believe that these two levels show whether a person is educated enough or not. I do not believe that an individual who has not been educated higher than St 10 is not educated.

  2. Discrimination Sources Question

    The portrayal of attitudes in 'Mississippi Burning' is valid because it shows the segregation that Negroes faced in the Southern States. The first thing we see is a clean water fountain for Whites only beside a dirty water fountain for Negroes this shows that Negroes were not thought good enough to have the same as Whites.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work