Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History and American Studies

First Advisor

Blakemore, Porter

Second Advisor

O'Brien, Bruce

Major or Concentration



This paper studies the evacuations of schoolchildren in Great Britain during the Second World War and examines how the progress of the war affected the government's organization and implementation of these evacuations as well as the public's opinions of and reactions to them. This study focuses on the perceived need for evacuation at various points in the war (1939, 1940, and 1944) and the ways in which this need affected how the government and the public viewed and endured the trials and tribulations of these mass movements of a large portion of Great Britain's vulnerable population. It argues that as the war progressed and Great Britain was increasingly drawn in, these evacuations became less organized, but were better received and endured because they were perceived as necessary.

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