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There are a variety of reasons why people had different interpretations of their evacuation experience. During the time when evacuation was necessary a stereotype began to develop

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History Coursework Question 3 There are a variety of reasons why people had different interpretations of their evacuation experience. During the time when evacuation was necessary a stereotype began to develop. The stereotype, all evacuees were poor and unhealthy and moved to a rich healthy family in the country, made people believe that all people had the same experience: The poor people loved their new lifestyle and the evacuation host hated their experience because they were stuck with unhealthy children with no manners. This was not true because there would not be one experience that was the same as anyone else. The evacuees were all from different backgrounds and had different upbringings and were placed in a house that had different surroundings to what they were used to being in. Source F is an extract from an autobiography of Bernard Kops, who was evacuated from his home in September 1939, at the age of 13. He and his sister, Rosie, had an unpleasant experience during their stay away from home. Bernard was from Stepney in the East End of London and was moved to the Buckingham countryside. As he was from the inner city in London he experienced a culture shock when he moved to a much more developed area in the country. ...read more.

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The evacuation hosts were not totally to blame for their view. These people were so rich that they had never experienced anything like this before. They had never been into the inner cities of London so they did not have the knowledge to know what situation these children had been brought up in. They felt as though their house was being infested by dirt and disease and they felt that it was unfair for them to be placed in this situation. The evacuation host may have had this bad of an experience because they have never experienced anything like this before. These children were poorer and less looked after than their servants that looked after them. After the Second World War labour was voted into power. This was partly to do with these women. After their experience of evacuation their eyes were opened to a new way of living and they did not like what they saw. They wanted to try to help the people who were living in this unhealthy way. The richer people wanted to be able to help the poorer people in the country and they thought that the best way for them to do this would be to change the leader of the country. ...read more.

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This tells you a lot about the source, with the main thing being that it will be truthful. The source has been written to tell children the truth about evacuation. The reason for textbooks being produced is for them to provide real information about evacuation. There may be a slight difference between what the textbook says and what really happened because the textbook was produced for children. The information would have been changed so that younger children could understand what was being said. The extract says "vast majority of children were from poor areas...'. This is where information may have been simplified. If it was produced for adults it may have been more detailed with figures. This phrase is fair to say because it says that it is most people that came from the poor areas. It would be unfair if it said that it was everyone who came from the poor areas. I think that there were so many experiences of evacuation because there is no-one who has the same upbringing or home life. If this is the case then it doesn't matter which house they move to because they will be experiencing a different change to their friends. Even brothers and sisters will have different experiences because the way that their parents treat each of them is different. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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