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How far does Source I prove that the policeman in Source J is telling the truth?

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History Coursework - (e) Koral Jackson 10R Study Sources I and J. How far does Source I prove that the policeman in Source J is telling the truth? Source I is a cartoon image from the time of Prohibition. It is illustrating the artists opinion, which is that America (Chicago) was corrupt. The hand gestures from different people including a clerk, a city official, a magistrate, a politician, a policeman, and a Prohibition agent are to show that many different levels of America's people were relying on gangster payroles. Source J quotes a policeman who is also talking about America's corruption, when he says that his "superior officers" were also, as well as himself, involved in the acceptance of bribes. ...read more.


Source A can be used to back up the idea that the police were reluctant to enforce Prohibition to their full ability: "No earlier law produced such widespread crime." If the police had been enforcing Prohibition properly (and perhaps not choosing to ignore some drinkers as they sympathised with them, as undoubtedly some of the police drank alcohol themselves), then there wouldn't have been such a crime problem. Source I is likely to be strongly exaggerated as it is propaganda which sends out the message that everyone was corrupt. It was very unlikely that everyone was corrupt. However, it must contain elements of truth, otherwise people wouldn't have been able to relate to it. ...read more.


However, this could be interpreted differently. The policeman in Source J may well be lying, and he may have really accepted the bribe and not been forced into having it. If so, then Source I could actually be backing this up and saying that the police accepted bribes, but only behind their backs in secret because they don't want anybody to know if this is true, like the policeman in Source J. In conclusion, Source I can only agree with Source J, it cannot actually prove that the policeman is telling the truth as it is only a cartoon and does not give proof of anything - it is not statistics, photographic evidence or a witness account. It is also a fact that one source can never actually prove another to be true. ...read more.

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