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These sources relate to events at Burntollet Bridge on 4th January 1969. Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations.

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These sources relate to events at Burntollet Bridge on 4th January 1969. Why have these events produced such different historical interpretations. Refer to sources A to C and any other interpretations of the events from your studies to help you in your answer. There are three sources that come from different understandings of what took place on the 4th of January 1969. These events happened on the last day of a four-day march from Belfast to Derry. The march was carried out by the People's Democracy who was mostly made of students from Queen's university, Belfast. There were riots at Derry before the march had started that were started by Reverend Ian Paisley who had provoked the Protestants by encouraging negative feelings towards the marchers. When the marchers arrived at Burntollet they were confronted by a group of Protestants that were waiting for them at the bridge. The first source was written by Bernadette Devlin in 1969, it is an account from her autobiography called 'The Price of My Soul'. ...read more.


In her autobiography she says that at school she learnt Irish history, but because she attended a Catholic Grammar School she is likely to have bias opinions and probably has grown up to dislike Protestants and the British. She decided to write her autobiography to get attention from around the world like other people had around the world before like Ghandi and Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists. She was at this incident so she is a primary source but would have a one sided opinion about what happened. The second source is a report written by the Cameron Commission. They were part of the British government and they wrote the report to try to defuse a difficult situation because the police where being accused of leading the marchers into a trap. They were not at the incident so everything that they say is second hand evidence. It is meant to be neutral and is not supposed to take sides on the matter. ...read more.


This poster was written for the purpose of reminding people of what had occurred on that day. It suggests that the Catholics have been fighting a war against religious prejudice in Ireland. 'A People Undefeated', that is a very this shows the idea of them fighting a war and says that they have not been defeated they have put up with quite a lot but are still not defeated. This event have produced very different historical interpretations because there was a lot of peoples feeling and emotions wrapped up for a long time and the Catholics did not provoke any violence and expected no violence form their peaceful marches. Throughout their 4-day march they had been insulted and called names but they expected that, but they did not expect the police turning on them and the 'Paisleyites' to attack them. I believe that 1 of the main problems was that this march had been banned, but the peoples democracy still carried it out. I believe that the police where involved in the violence but did mean to lead the marchers into a trap, the Cameron Commission was a good idea because it diffused a difficult situation. ...read more.

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