First case of censorship against film and its effects on film industry

only a few effects — the effects should be highly interrelated and discuss them at greater length so the entire piece is focused and not simply read like a list of effects

Please bold the text of your thesis statement

Statements about the past should be phrased as an argument that can be supported with historical evidence. Avoid projecting 21st century values onto past events.

The easiest way to arrive at a solid thesis is to begin first with a research question, a loose query about your chosen topic.

There are weak arguments, those that cannot be either proven or disproven, and strong arguments, those that can be supported and even verified with creative use of evidence and sources. To make sure your paper is one of the latter do the following: ask yourself if your thesis can in fact be disproven – a positive answer ensures a “scientifically” sound basis; be very specific in your research and writing – the more precise the better; remember that an exemplary paper will include a novel thesis supported by imaginative uses of sources – in other words, while this is history, creativity is still essential.

Do not write an overly general history of your topic.

Do not write a broad biography if you choose to focus on an individual, or a paper that simply calls the films, filmmakers or genres discussed “great.” “D.W. Griffith was the greatest/most innovative/most important filmmaker of his or any other generation,” “Walt Disney supplied the United States with a magical world of fantasy that has delighted children and adults alike” – these are vague and cannot be proved.

Do not make broad generalizations, especially about films you haven’t seen – “The image of women in silent film showed them as newly independent.” Remember, this is not a film analysis paper. If it is unclear to you why these theses are weak or how one would go about transforming them into something usable.