The Jarrow March and its
aftermath
Was it worth it?
Aims of the lesson
In this lesson you will learn about
• The matchers and their effect on Public
opinion
• Considering the purpose of a source
• Evaluating the utility or reliability of
sources
Background
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1936 middle of depression
Shipyard in Jarrow closed
One workplace town
NUWM hunger marches
Jarrow organised a non
political one of its own
• 1000 signature petition
• Chose 200 of the fittest
men to march to London
The march to London
• Covered 291 miles in 22 stages
• Sent people ahead to organise
accommodation and food
• Marched up to 21 miles a day – sometime
for more than one night.
• Told people why they were marching –
wanted jobs not charity
• Reaction to them varied
The march to London (2)
• Some places let them use cinemas for free
• In Barnsley used public baths for free
• Some towns gave them food as they
passed
• Slept in churches or schools
• Sometimes had to stay in workhouses –
the last resort to for poor people
Utility and reliability
How useful are sources B and F as evidence of
public reaction the Jarrow Crusade?
10 marks
• Level one – general answer
• Level two – gives example from the sources to
say what is useful and what is not
• Level three – How reliable is the source? Why?
Makes judgement about the extent of reliability
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The Jarrow March and its aftermath