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How reliable is source B as evidenceabout the extent of discrimination within British society in the late1960'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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The speech produced intense interest and anger amongst British society and many immigrants felt insulted and believed that their time in Britain was limited. The purpose Of Source G was to expose Powell in a humorous form. The cartoon, by Nick Garland was from The Daily Telegraph published on January 19,1970, the same year as the General elections took place. Bearing in mind that the cartoon is from a newspaper we have to consider that the content of the source could be biased or contain exaggeration. Lots of people read newspapers, so an additional purpose of this source would be to attract a specific audience from the British society, namely those who were interested in politics or actually read the Daily Telegraph. In the cartoon, Enoch Powell is shown looking forward, which demonstrates to me that he is not looking back at what he is creating. He is depicted as sowing seeds that would produce a British KKK - an element of fear. The signs contain racist, prejudice and hatred remarks showing Powell's personal opinion and views of immigration. 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. ...read more.

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I would consider source E reliable, but would have to question the reliability of sources F and G as they could have been altered or written to support a specific judgment towards immigration. Source H is concentrating on the National Front that we know was set up in 1967 with its main aim to end immigration and repatriate black immigrants. It was from a textbook published in 2001, so the information could be bias or changed to suit a particular argument in the textbook, therefore the content could be considered unreliable. The sources and my own knowledge conclude that the statement is true and suggests that although the government's attitudes towards immigration and discrimination were changing during 1965-1970, there were still fascist groups (NF - 1967) determined to repatriate Black immigrants and end immigration to Britain, as well as racial speeches spoken in public by Enoch Powell insulting immigrants and going against the governments current views and laws. So, in conclusion the statement ' The British society became increasingly intolerant of immigrants in the late 1960's' is true and I have used as much relevant information as possible to support the statement. Vikki Holness Summer 2003 Examination Highworth Grammar School For Girls Centre Number: 61807 AQA Specification B ...read more.

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