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The Evacuation - source based work

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Joe Burns History Coursework 1. Source B is a piece of primary evidence, a picture of evacuees on their way to the station; they are carrying lots of baggage and are accompanied by some adults. The advantages of this source are that it is first hand evidence; it shows a picture of what was happening at the time. However there are some disadvantages of such a source, for instance the photo may have been rigged, for purposes such as propaganda, the government would have pictures showing children as being happy upon evacuation too encourage parents who have not chosen to send their children away to do so. Another possible problem is whether or not the photograph makes an accurate representation of every evacuation; the scene depicted in source B may not be a typical situation. ...read more.


As to which of the two sources is more useful, I would argue that source B is, it shows children looking happy, and I know that, although leaving their parents a large majority of evacuees were in fact quite excited about leaving for the countryside having spent most there lives in working class London. 2. Source G, is an extract from the novel "Carrie's war", despite being a fictional work, it highlights one of the main problems with the organisation of the evacuation, the mixing of different social classes between evacuees and hosts. I know that when people were evacuated there was no option as to where you stayed or whom you accepted, and because of this many people were given unsuitable placements. ...read more.


In the First world war there had been bombing upon civilian targets, as well as more recently in the Spanish civil war, so the public feared such raids would take place in Britain too, and if nothing else evacuation put minds too rest. Those who would say that evacuation was not a success could argue that it was poorly organised and made life miserable for both evacuees and hosts, but one could argue that both richer and poorer classes of society got a taste of what life was like for one another, the sources generally point towards evacuation being a good experience however source I shows that some people disagreed with evacuation. Evacuation saved peoples lives and helped the country through difficult times, and besides it was not compulsory so if anyone disagreed with it then there children were not evacuated. ...read more.

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