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- [Voiceover] I want to talk about how to avoid some common mistakes when you're writing a historical paper.
Okay, let's move on to "It was inevitable." I think we like to use the word inevitable because it's long and it sounds pretty cool. It means "It was unavoidable," there was no other thing that could have happened.
Now think of a version of history where everything is inevitable.
And so, if you want to be really strong about how you start a historical essay, always start it in a really specific part of time that you're talking about.
So, if you're talking about the period from 1945 to 1965, say "In the post-war era" or "In the late 19th century." And you might also add "In the United States." Right?
This shows that you have a strong grasp of both the time and the place that you're writing about.
And so, you can make an argument that is specific to that time period.
And the reason that this happened was because the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor.
Now, we know and the Spanish suggested at the time that the reason that the USS Maine exploded was due to a spontaneous combustion on-board. The United States chose to believe that this ship sinking was the result of a Spanish bomb and declared war.