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Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of childrens evacuation journey?

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Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of children's evacuation journey? Explain your answer using B and C and your own knowledge? In this answer I am going to look at sources B, C and use of my own knowledge to see which is more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey. Source B is a photograph taken in September 1939, showing evacuees walking to a station in London. It can be useful in some respects e.g. the way they dressed, what they were carrying and how they were grouped/lead by what would seem to be a female teacher, perhaps. ...read more.

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Many children appear to be looking directly into the camera, which could indicate that it was staged for purposes such as propaganda, making the photo a fake environment. Source C, is an interview in 1988 with a teacher who remembers being evacuated with children from her school. This is a first hand account that describes the parting of the child and the mother in detail. This is useful because it opens your eyes to the sadness of leaving home. It's probably more believable than the first one because it's an eye witness account and the teacher has less reason to be biased. ...read more.

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The interview took place forty-nine years after the start of evacuation so the teacher's memory may have become quite vague or she may have filtered out the positive things. The teacher's answers would have been influenced by the questions being asked, we don't know the questions being asked so the subject being talked about would have influenced the answers. In conclusion, I find both sources useful but in different ways. The photograph shows us what times may have looked like. The description helps us understand what people felt. My opinion is that it's more important to know how people felt than what they looked like making the description more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey. ...read more.

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