Source F is from an interview with someone who was evacuated . The source tells you about the kind of conditions that some children faced. The source also tells you about the stereotyping of city children and how they where assumed to be uneducated. But however the source has a few reliability problems. The story was for an interview, so the person that was being interviewed could of made things up to make it seem more dramatic, and more like a story. The person who gave the information could of also been very young and therefore could of forgot details.
The interview seems very stereotypical, as it says that well-educated children found themselves in a grubby semi-slum. The source is useful, but the reliability of it is uncertain. Source G is an extract from a novel ('Carrie's War') written by Nina Bowden in 1973. The source is about evacuees at their new foster homes. The source is useful as it give emotional feeling and thought on what happened when they arrived at their new foster homes. The source has many problems with the reliability of it.
The source was written for children, so there many have been some problems with the amount of truth in what the source is saying, as the context of what really happened might have been unsuitable for children to read. The source is very stereotypical towards children being poor. We know for a fact that many middle and upper class children where evacuated, as many private and public schools where evacuated.
We are also unsure of what the context is as well. The source was also written in 1973, which was a while after the evacuation process started, so there have been many details missing. The source is also a novel, a story to entertain children, so the information could all be untrue. The source is useful as it gives an insight into what life could have been like for evacuated children, but the reliability of the source questions this view.
Source H is a poster issued by the government in 1940, appealing for more foster homes in Scotland. The source is useful as it shows that there where a lot of children that wanted or where being evacuated, to the extent that the government needed more homes to put the children in. The source also tells us that children where evacuated all the way to Scotland. But how much of the source is true, as I feel the source is very unreliable.
The government issued the source, so it is more than likely to be propaganda. There are some static's on the poster. The government could of just made them up so try and convince people to become foster parents. Did they really need more people? Or did they just say that they needed more people to convince parents that evacuation was working and that many children where being successfully evacuated? The poster also makes you wonder if the children wherever settled. The poster gives me the impression that the children kept moving around from place to place.
Source I is a fathers opposition to evacuation. This extract is from a mass observation made in May 1940. The source shows us an opinion from a man that actual has a child of his own. It gives is clear view on what he thinks of evacuation. The man seems to be unconcerned in sending his seven-year-old boy to The Shires, Wales and the west. He wants his boy to stay with him and his family. But the source has a few problems with is reliability.
The source is from one persons view. It is only an extract from a mass survey. We don't know what the other people said about their views on evacuating. Some people might have agreed with the evacuation idea. The father in the source could of just said theses things to make him seem very moral. He could just be putting it all on. His son could have been evacuated later on. The source also arrows a question. What happened if an only parent dies? What happens to the child? The source is useful as it shows a view on the evacuation process, the source could also be staged and therefore untrue.
Source J is a clip from a film called 'Hope and Glory' made in 1987. It tells the story of a family during world war 2 from the point of view of a young boy. The source is very powerful and involves his mothers final refusal to allow her children to be evacuated. The source is useful as it shows us, that children had to grow up very quickly. They also had to be very indepentant as many children where split from there brothers and sisters. The source also gives details on what the conditions where like. The station was very loud and busy. The children had to leave there mums and dads before they even got on the train. The process seemed very hard as the children had to leave there mothers and fathers.
It seemed also very hard to the parents, to watch there children leave them to head of somewhere, where they didn't even know where they where going. The source also showed me the important of the children's labels. They had to wear them all the time, and they advisors needed to be able to seem them. Another thing I learned from the source was that children went abroad. The source also showed me how it was all up the mothers of the household to sort out whether or not the children went. I found that the source was useful as it showed me about the emotional side of evacuation as well as the details on what the stations where like and what the children wore, but the source has many reliability problems.
It was a film, so it was made to entertain people, so none of it could be factual. It was also from a young boy's point of view, so we are only seeing the things that he saw, and we also only understand the things that he understood at the time. The source was a re-enactment of what it could have been like to be evacuated. The source is only using male and female actors as the characters. It was also one a few moments in time. It could have been different in another place. The source is useful as it shows me an re-enactment of what it could or was like for a child to be evacuated, but as evidence to weather or not evacuation was successful, it is unreliably.
After having anaylsed the sources I have come to my conclution that evacuation was a success for some children and familys. Some of the evacuees had a great time and went to kind families who looked after them and often lived in better conditions than they were used to. The children discovered all kinds of things which they hadn't realised – for example, in the city, children were used to getting their milk in a bottle from the milkman. They didn't know that it came from cows! Some were amazed to learn this. But other evacuees had a bad experience, living with families who treated them like slaves and they missed their homes and parents very badly.
It was a success as the Government feared that the major cities would be bombed by the Germans. So they decided that the young people in Britain – the future of the country and also too young to look after themselves if their parents were killed – should be moved out of the danger areas for protection. This helped save lives, yet it was so unsuccessful as many children didn't get moved out of the towns for there parents where not conviced. I really think that evacuation was a success and a failure for these reasons.