THE NATION CLASSROOM
History as It Happened
RACE RELATIONS and CIVIL RIGHTS
MODULE FIVE: 1930-1945
STUDENT PRACTICE ACTIVITY THREE
WRITE YOUR DBQ ESSAY
Directions: The following question asks you to write a well-organized, concise essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents 1–8 and your knowledge of the period 1930–1945.
DBQ: Amid the catastrophic Great Depression and World War II, African-American life went through important changes between 1930 and 1945. Using the documents provided and your outside knowledge, identify at least four significant developments that affected the African American community—negative and/or positive—and explore what they said about the possibility of progress in the future for America’s blacks.