Word War II


HIST 1302 Online, Analytical Assignment on World War II

Read the following primary source documents:

“Executive Order #8802:Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry,” Franklin D.

Roosevelt, 1941.https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=72&page=transcript

“An Open Letter to President Roosevelt—An Editorial,” The Crisis, January 1943, page 8.


Use the details from these two documents to answer the following two questions:

  • According to the Editorial printed in The Crisis magazine in January 1943, what were some of the experiences of African Americans during World War II?
  • How does this Editorial illustrate the successes and/or failures of Executive Order #8802 (be sure to reference the actual E.O. to answer this question)?


A)Your Analytical Assignment should be at least 350 words in length.Please use complete sentences.In your answer to each question, you must include at least 3 specific examples from the documents in support of your argument.You must use all of the sources in your writing assignment.

  • Each statement (argument) that you make must be directly supported with evidence from the source.Example:Columbus’s motives for conquest were:your argument.According to Columbus, these new lands offered Spain:“your source support” (Columbus).DO NOT use any other resources to answer these questions—only use the assigned documents.
  • For citation purposes, put the author’s name in parenthesis (in this case, Roosevelt and Editorial will suffice).You must give credit to the author when you quote and also when you paraphrase.