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How reliable is source B as evidence about the extent of discrimination within British society in the late 1960's?

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Multicultural Britain Coursework 1. How reliable is source B as evidence about the extent of discrimination within British society in the late 1960's? The Race Relations Board and the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants jointly commissioned the PEP report in April 1967 to investigate racial discrimination. The investigation was held in 6 areas of the country and involved not only questionnaires and interviews, but 'situation Tests'. I think source B is reliable as evidence about the extent of discrimination within the British society in the late 1960s, but it does not give us enough information to fully support the statement as evidence. The source is only an extract from an interview conducted during the investigation; therefore the knowledge we can gain from it is limited. It does however state that 'discrimination against coloured members of the population operates in many fields' and that it operates on a 'substantial scale.' I would consider this useful and reliable information as it was from an authoritative report and demonstrates that racial discrimination was an ongoing problem that was beginning to be noticed by British society. ...read more.

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Source D is an article from the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, February 1968 and refers to the Asian immigrants entering Britain from Kenya. It states directly that ' Britain now faces the prospect of an uncontrolled flood of Asian Immigrants.' In the period from December 1967 to February 1968, 7000 Asians entered Britain, so on 23rd February 1968, the Labour government introduced an emergency Commonwealth Immigrants Bill, which was rushed through both houses of Parliament and became Law on March 1st. However, at this same time an anti-racist movement was introduced when the BPA, Black Peoples Alliance was set up to protect and offer support to Black Immigrants. I do think that this source is useful to an historian investigating British attitudes to immigration in the late 1960's, but taking into account that it is an extract from a newspaper article we could assume that the information be biased and unreliable. Source E would prove very useful to an historian investigating attitudes towards immigration in the late 1960's because it is a famous speech by Enoch Powell. ...read more.

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In the cartoon, Enoch Powell is shown looking forward, which demonstrates to me that he has not thought about looking back at what he has created. He is depicted as sowing seeds, which would produce a British KKK - element of fear. The signs contain racist, prejudice, and hatred remarks showing support for Powells expressed views. Although this source could be considered useful, it has the limitation of being the attitudes/opinions of one man, therefore we cannot accept it as a generalisation as the cartoon shows no evidence that Enoch Powell had any public support. All three sources would prove valuable and useful to an historian investigating the British attitudes towards immigration in the late 1960's, however they are all linked/related to Enoch Powell who was a highly opinionated man and completely against black immigration so these sources could be considered bias. 3. 'The British became increasingly intolerant of immigrants in the 1960's' Using all the sources and your own knowledge, explain whether you agree with this statement. Vikki Holness Summer 2003 Examination Highworth Grammar School For Girls Centre Number: 61807 AQA Specification B ...read more.

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