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Evacuee's coursework - Afnan khokhar 10B1 - Question 3 draft Q3. 'Evacuation was a great success do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. Evacuation was the process in which one and a half million children including pregnant women and disabled people were evacuated from major cities. Like London to the countryside also known as the reception areas so they could be safe from the bombings. Bombing was mainly expected in the major cities so it was a good idea to move the future generation to a place where bombing was not expected. Bombing was introduced because the British were being bombed by the Germans during the Second World War. In the major cities there was all type off different classes. Mostly the lower class and the middle class were evacuated whereas the higher class in the cities went and lived in their countryside home which belonged to them. The period of time that the evacuees stayed away from home varied from time to time. Some people stayed with foster carers for 2 to 3 moths and went back because there was no bombing however some people stayed with the foster cares for a long time up to six years. The word 'success' has many meanings, the most common meaning being, to achieve your goals or aims. Evacuation also had its success and failures. The main success of evacuation is that it saved many children's lives which allowed us to have another generation after the war; however the fails of evacuation were that ...read more.

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Source C talks about children being evacuated and also about how they and their mothers felt. The interview took place in 1988 making it a secondary source because it was written after evacuation took place. Because the interview was taken after a long time after evacuation it may be unreliable because her views may be affected by hindsight, the source may also be unreliable because it is one persons point of view. Looking at source C I can learn that it shows the evacuation was a failure. 'Children were too afraid too talk. . . . . . . We hadn't the slightest idea where we were going. . . . . . The mothers pressed against the iron gates calling goodbye darling.' From this I can learn the children were not comfortable because they were too afraid too talk. I can also learn that there was lack organisation because no one knew where they were going. This source is an objective source because e in the source it does state about the source being on time. Overall source C shows that evacuation was a failure. The main purpose of the source was to show how children and mothers felt about evacuation. Source 'E' is also an interview with a mother of the host family. The mother looks back and remembers what the evacuees were like. 'The children went around urinating on the walls; although we had toilets they never used them.' From this we can learn that the evacuees had very poor hygiene. ...read more.

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Source H is a primary source as it was published in 1940, at the time of evacuation. The advert also has text and in the text it uses facts to get people to foster children. The text is also written in a way so it makes you feel sympathy for the evacuees, 'You may be saving a child's life.' Many people believe that evacuation was a success and many others believe that it was a failure. Well, evacuation was a success for mothers because their children's lives were saved, however they did not know where they where going and when they will be back. Evacuation was definitely a success for children because most importantly it saved their lives and they got to witness what the countryside looked like for the first time; however they had much trouble bonding with the foster carers. Evacuation was a success for foster carers because they were paid a good amount of money on the other hand they also had difficulty bonding with the evacuees because of the class difference. I believe that evacuation was a success for the government because they were responsible for saving one and a half million peoples lives by transporting them to the countryside, however they did a bad job with the distribution of children. Overall I believe that evacuation was definitely a success because it saved nearly one and half million children's lives which allowed us to have another generation after the war. Even though there were many negatives about evacuation I still believe that the life of children is far more precious than the bonding of two different classes. Thanks to evacuation we were able to have another generation after the war. ...read more.

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