Peer Assessment: Use of Source Materials

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Use the following two sources to explain the causes of the 1905 revolution. Use must include at least one other factor in your answer that is not in the sources.

Source 1: Father Gapon’s petition

"Oh Sire, we working men and inhabitants of St. Petersburg, our wives, our children and our parents, helpless and aged women and men, have come to You our ruler, in search of justice and protection. We are beggars, we are oppressed and overburdened with work, we are insulted, we are not looked on as human beings but as slaves. The moment has come for us when death would be better than the prolongation of our intolerable sufferings.

We are seeking here our last salvation. Do not refuse to help Your people. Destroy the wall between Yourself and Your people."

Source 2: A report on Bloody Sunday from the American Consul in Odessa

"The present ruler has lost absolutely the affection of the Russian people, and whatever the future may have in store for the dynasty, the present tsar will never again be safe in the midst of his people."