Argumentative Topics For Research Papers In History

If you are tasked with writing an argumentative paper, then your job is to present an argument and take one side in it. You want to convince your reader that your side of the argument is the one with which they should side. You can do this by presenting evidence in support of your argument, or by presenting flaws in the logic of the opposition.

So if you are writing about history, you want to take one side over the other. When you go about picking your paper topic it is best to find something that is not only relevant to your course but also fits within the parameters of your paper instructions. If your guidelines tell you to write a five paragraph essay then the topic you cover will be significantly more refined than one which is meant to fill a ten page paper. If you are looking for suggestions related to history or anthropology consider the ideas below:

  • Was the notion of an afterlife created by people?
  • What social ideas were behind the Prohibition period?
  • What effect did the Prohibition have on the apple market and why was the slogan "an apple a day" created?
  • What historical events brought about our current work week?
  • Has the government done enough to protect the indigenous groups in Australia or any other country of your choosing?
  • What events in history have led to Americans distrusting the idea of socialism?
  • Have we lost important historical information because of the new information age?
  • Since the 1990's have Native American tribes been treated any better than before?
  • What lessons can the Salem Witch Trials teach us about the impact that mass hysteria has and why is this relevant today?

In the end, avoid undermining your hard efforts by offering an apology for bad results or complaining about how you ran out of time. Stay positive. If you ran into problems, then analyze the problems and their impact in the discussion section, an appropriate place for objective discussions. The weaknesses in your research are considered part of the process and you can use them as a learning tool.

Keep your sentences concise, and not too long. Make sure they are well punctuated and that your paragraphs do not run over six sentences, on average, each. Try and link together your paragraphs with linking phrases so as to guide your reader along the way. Integrate all tables and figures to which you refer in your writing. And last but not least, make sure your citations are all correct!