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How valuable are sources 1,5,6,7,8,9 in explaining the events of bloody Sunday?

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Bloody Sunday Coursework Question 1: How valuable are sources 1,5,6,7,8,9 in explaining the events of bloody Sunday? On Sunday, 30th January 1972, 13 Nationalist were shot dead by British Paratroopers during a march against internment in Londonderry. A 14th person died later in hospital. The exact events of "Bloody Sunday" are unclear, the enmity between the Nationalists and Unionists is so deep rooted in history that all accounts of the day are, to some extent, biased to either party. Source 1, a print created in 1587 as catholic propaganda, shows the alleged treatment of catholic bishops by English troops. The bishops are shown solemnly praying, still dressed in ceremonial robes and mitre, while being hanged and tortured. Although it is undeniable catholic priest were subjected to such torture during the British colonisation of Ireland, it is unlikely the specific events depicted in the source ever actually happened. It is far more probable that the print is a generalisation of events in Ireland, a composite of various separate events to alert catholic in England and Ireland of the plight of the Catholic bishops. ...read more.

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He claims that, apart from one shot from Rossville Street, there was no gunfire or bombs from the IRA. The report had heard many nail bombs before; therefore his testimony of hearing no bombs is more likely to be true. To have heard nail bombs before suggests he had been in violent areas in the past. His limited view on these events may have allowed him to build up prejudices towards the British, especially if he had been in a Nationalist area. The content of his statement is so close to that of Source 5 is an indication that both statements are truthful. However the apparently minor discrepancy between the Sources in Source 7, where the reporter states one shot was fired from Rossville Street, reinforces the point that both witnesses only had a limited line of sight and therefore, all eyewitness reports of the day have limited value in giving the whole picture of events on Bloody Sunday. ...read more.

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Source 9 is an extract from 'Provos' by Peter Taylor, A journilist with a lifetimes experience in Ireland. He suggests there was no government cover up (suggest in source 8) and Bloody Sunday was simply the inevitable result of centuries of conflict between the two groups. This sentiment is strongly backed up by such long-term causes as Source 1. The conclusion '[Bloody Sunday] was a tragedy waiting to happen' is a very fair one based on the evidence gathered, although, it still was the Paras one pulled the trigger and killed 13 people. Taylor's lifetime experience in Northern Ireland may have given Taylor a clearer view of events in the country, conversely, it may have given him time to build up prejudice against one of the groups. While writing 'Provos' Taylor spent much of his time living in derry, and around the bogside, this suggests Taylor may have been lenient towards the IRA and Nationalists. However, with the fair, reasoned conclusion Taylor reaches, this seems insignificant, even if he was biased, the source is reasoned enough to make itself very valuable. ...read more.

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