The Film JFK Argument

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Almost every assignment you complete for a history course will ask you to make an argument. Your instructors will often call this your "thesis" -- your position on a subject.

What is an Argument?

An argument takes a stand on an issue. It seeks to persuade an audience of a point of view in much the same way that a lawyer argues a case in a court of law. It is NOT a description or a summary.

This is an argument: "This paper argues that the movie JFK is inaccurate in its portrayal of President Kennedy."
This is not an argument: "In this paper, I will describe the portrayal of President Kennedy that is shown in the movie JFK."
What is a Thesis?

A thesis statement is a sentence in which you state an argument about a topic and then describe,

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