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What is a thesis statement?

A thesis is a summary of the argument you plan to make in your paper. It is an opinion that the rest of your paper will strongly and specifically back up with evidence. It needs to be narrow enough to be defensible and must be supported by quotes and facts that are directly relevant to your point.

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A thesis sums up the argument you plan to make in a paper. Therefore, it should always state an opinion that is arguable. For example, saying the U.S. Civil War began in 1861 is not arguable; it is a fact. However, saying that Abraham Lincoln could have negotiated a peace settlement that preserved the union in 1861 is arguable.

A thesis statements starts with an arguable proposition. However, this proposition also has be narrowed down to be...

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