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South Africa, 1945 - 94 - source based

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History Coursework - South Africa, 1945 - 94 1a) There is evidence that the 2 sources agree. This is shown in the description of the event. Both Sources agree that the event was of the same date and time; the morning of 21st March. Both statements say there were Saracens there, but they disagree on how many. Sources A and B agree to what's going on. They do this by each stating that there was a demonstration or gathering of Black South Africans, chanting and shouting. This is evident in Source A, when Humphrey Tyler says "many people were shouting Africa, Africa!" This shows that the Black South Africans were probably shouting if two different people have recorded it. The sources show both agree the event was in the early day. Source A states it by quoting "we went into Sharpeville the back way, around lunch time" Source B states this at the end of the report by the quote "on events earlier in the day on 21st March" The sources are speaking about the same period of the time as they are both dates 21st March. So far the sources have agreed about the time and place, and included a little about the atmosphere e.g.- the gathering of the people. ...read more.

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Source C was taken on the morning of the 21st March. The photographs show tanks of police driving through the crowds at Sharpville. The police are pointing guns. Photograph C supports Source A because it shows there were Saracens there. Source C shows the crowd isn't threatening. Source C supports A, because it describes the crowds in a similar way. Both Sources say the police have rifles on them. Source C disagrees by showing 1 Saracen, so the amounts of Saracens are disagreeable. Source C is probamatic. The photo could have been taken so early that not all the Saracens were there. Source C show the police are not being violent. Source D doesn't support A as much as C does. Source D shows there were a lot of protesters there. The crowd are putting their thumbs up, this is to show a non-violent protest, and that they have no weapons . The photo was taken around midday; this was around the same time Source A was written. It agrees with Source A, but not as much, because it describes a different crowd, and shows the police are not carrying weapons and there is no sign of protest which disagrees with the information written in Source A. ...read more.

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He describes a boy pulling his coat over himself to stop the bullets from hitting him, but the journalist doesn't know what the boy was thinking or his intentions because he hasn't spoken to him. The journalist is making assumptions without knowing. He has got no truth in what he says, because he says the police did not stop until there was nothing left alive, even though there were survivors, and this can be checked up on by records. He also contradicts himself when he makes this statement because he writes earlier that people were left dead or wounded, and after he tells us there were no survivors. This makes the source less reliable. The fact that this source is primary and that Tyler was there, makes the source more reliable, even though it's not truthful. The journalist agrees that there was a photographer and that people were shot in the back, so this is some evidence. Source G is a photograph. The photograph shows people running away. This is evidence because as there were people shot in the back, it must have meant they were running. This source is reliable because it has no opinion with it. The photograph can't be influenced, and when you look at it, you get your own opinion of what happened. ...read more.

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