“Our First Great Tragedy of the Great War” considers the ignorance of African Americans in regards to WWI a tragedy and their dedication to the war (despite their lack of awareness) is admirable. The piece is progressive for its time but not surprising considering the audience. Watson remarks “All honor to these black men” when describing their contributions to WWi. However, the underlying tone is condescending still. It generalizes African Americans as “ignorant” and having “not the slightest idea what it was all about.” However, this is more a product of the time it was authored rather than an intentional attack on African Americans. It appears both The New Freewoman and The Crisis both try to inspire their readers using rhetoric. However, I feel that The Crisis is much more focused and consistent. It conveys a generally positive message about the progression of African Americans centering around duty and service. In contrast, The New Freewoman focused on individualism and equality with no consistent themes across its articles with varying tones.