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Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey?

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Evacuation Coursework Question 1 Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey? I will examine two sources to find out which is the more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey. I believe that Source C is more useful than Source B because it is an eyewitness account from a teacher rather than a photograph of evacuees walking to the station. Each type of source could be unreliable or biased, as well as both having the potential to be reliable. I will examine both sources and use provenance, content, audience and tone to back up my opinion as well as my own knowledge. Firstly, I will examine the content of Source B. The content means what the source consists of. Source B shows apart of the children's evacuation journey. It shows evacuees walking to the train station in London, September 1939. It shows the children dressed smartly in their uniforms and they were being ushered to the train station by their teachers. I know from my own knowledge that this is an accurate perception because the children were dressed very smartly with their suitcase, gasmask and ID labels because the future foster parents would pick the smartest children to foster. ...read more.

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The tone of the source is unreliable because it's tried to make out that evacuation is a positive thing and that the children were happy about it. I know from my own knowledge that this was not the case because evacuation was a very stressful and unhappy time for most children and parents. Therefore, this Source is not very useful because it is biased and unreliable. I will now examine the provenance, audience, content and tone of Source C. This will then help me reach a conclusion about which source is more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey. Firstly I will talk about the content of Source C. Source C is the start of an interview with a teacher in 1988. It tells us that evacuation was a very frightening experience. The teacher is quoted as saying, 'All you could hear was the feet of the children and a kind of murmur, because the children were too afraid to talk.' This source backs up my own knowledge because I know that most children were to terrified to even talk because they were going somewhere where they did not know and they were going without their parents. ...read more.

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To reach this conclusion I examined the provenance, audience, content and tone of the two sources. Overall, Source C was the most useful because it backed up my own knowledge, wheras Source B contradicted it. Source C was an interview with a school teacher. It was an eyewitness account of the start of the children's evacuation journey. It said how evacuation was a terrifying experience for the children which again backs up my own knowledge. However an interview with someone fifty years after the event is not always useful because memories can be changed, usually to how people want to remember something. Therefore fifty years is along time to change your mind, forget, over exaggerate or be influenced by something or someone, or by things that happened after the event. Source B was a photograph showing the start of the children's evacuation journey. It showed the children waving and smiling which contradicted my own knowledge and the other source. Source B is an example of propaganda and it was used to show evacuation in a good light, therefore it is biased. After examining each source carefully, I have come to the conclusion that Source C is more useful than Source B because it backs up my own knowledge and it seems to be reliable and unbiased. Rory Barham ...read more.

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