THE NATION CLASSROOM
History as It Happened
RACE RELATIONS and CIVIL RIGHTS
MODULE EIGHT: 1991-Present
STUDENT PRACTICE ACTIVITY THREE
WRITE YOUR DBQ ESSAY
Directions: The following prompt asks you to write a well-organized, concise essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents One through Eight and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. The best answers will not only cite key pieces of evidence from the documents but also include outside knowledge of the period.
DBQ: Despite the many acts of racism reported across the United States in the years before, during, and after the election of Barack Obama in 2008, his victory as the first African American president in U.S. history was a sign that the nation had entered a new era in race relations.
Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1991-Present to construct your essay.