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How to Write in a History Class

The best history writing is not a mere survey of historical data. It advances an argument. It stakes out a thesis and supports it with evidence and logic.

Your argument should grab the reader’s attention. It debunks a myth, corrects a misconception, enters a debate, or challenges a popular interpretation.

Finally, historical evidence never speaks for itself. Evidence always needs to be interpreted and explained.

Kinds of Historical Writing

In history classes, you will be asked to do in three kinds of writing:

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