Conquering the DBQ

The AP Exams are upon us and many students are wondering the best way to succeed at the History DBQ (Data-Based Question).  This question (worth 25% of the score) asks students to read several documents and:

1) Form a thesis in answer to a given question

2) Support with relevant arguments and details from the documents

3) Touch on intended audience, purpose, historical context, and point of view

4) Further support analysis with historical information 

5) Synthesize into a persuasive essay

Question 1. Analyze major changes and continuities in the social and economic experiences of African Americans who migrated from the rural South to urban areas in the North in the period 1910–1930.

Many students forget to give their essay context by including historical information not found in the given texts.  A student could draw additional inspiration from Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, which chronicles the move North.  With half of its panels housed at The Phillips Collection in D.C. and half at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Migration Series is one of the most iconic artistic portrayals of this era.

Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series, Panel 1, The Phillips Collection

Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series, Panel 1, The Phillips Collection

 

 

 

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