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GCSE History Coursework Britain In The Second World War 'Evacuation' 1) In this essay, I will be discussing the usefulness of two different sources about the start of evacuation. The first source is a photograph taken in September 1939, showing children being evacuated, and the second is a recount from a teacher, in 1988. Source B is a photograph showing evacuees walking to a train station, in September 1939. From my own knowledge, I know that even before the war started, children were being evacuated with their teachers, to "places of safety", which were places in the country, away from big cities that were likely to be bombed. Even though this may be propaganda, it shows the attitudes of the government at the time, and the techniques that were used to convince the public that evacuation was the best thing to do. ...read more.

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Another limitation is that it is just a photograph. It doesn't show the children's real emotion or what they were thinking. It just shows one set of children, on one day, so it is a limited time span. It also contradicts what Source C states which is that the children were silent and "too afraid to talk", by showing them smiling and waving. It is, however, usual because it gives us an understanding of how the government portrayed evacuation. As already stated, Source C is completely different from the government image. It is taken from an interview with a teacher, retelling the evacuation with the children from her school. From my own knowledge, I know that teachers escorted the children on their journey. This also links with the adults in Source B. ...read more.

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This is also just one teacher, on one day, and will be a limited account of evacuation. In addition, the interview was given in 1988, 40 years afterwards, so the teacher may have forgotten some key details. What's more, this interview is from an adult, telling it from an adults view. A child evacuee would have a completely different outlook on the process, so the interview does not tell both sides. It is usual because it explores the attitudes towards evacuation. In conclusion, both sources are useful to a historian, but it depends on what we wish to know. If we want to know about how the government portrayed evacuation, the Source B is more useful, but if we want to know about how about the attitudes towards evacuation, then Source C is more useful. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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