posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 01:11 AM
I assume you are not looking to change the world, merely learn something and get a decent grade.
If this is an argumentative paper, thus requiring the main claim to be contestable I would suggest something along the lines of "reglardless of the
excessive casualties, *insert controversial/pivotal battle here* was a necessary and decisive step in the overall campaign...blah blah balh"
luckily for you it is only 1500 words, no one can expect you to argue much of anything highly contestable in that short a length.
someone pointed out the A-bomb, I would take the non-usage stance, so that is highly contestable, though equally complex.
PTSD would also be something to examine. Maybe argue that WWII vets suffered from PTSD and its effects, but due to a lack of knowledge...etc etc.
just pick a few you like. start making bullet points of any evidence/sub-claims you would make to support your main claim/topic.
Equally important is to look for one or two solid counter-arguments from reliable/academic sources, as they will test your logic and if you prevail in
still convincing the reader of your point, then your paper is solid.
I can relate to the stress of narrowing down a good topic, but it is by far the most critical step of the entire process. I'm currently banging out a
25+ page research paper arguing that the internet is the most effective tool of political engagement that exists in the United States...think that
sucker is somewhere around 15,000 words already.
[edit on 22-4-2010 by Shark VA84]