Planning an Argument

Argument Type Three

Consider three important decisions Lincoln made during the Civil War and present an argument explaining why you think those decisions did or did not unnecessarily prolong the war. (Taken from Writing in the Disciplines. Third Edition. Orlando: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1995: 32)

What type of argument is this?

Correct! Although the assignment asks you to take a clear position on a debatable issue ("arguing a clear side of a debatable issue")--why the decisions did or did not prolong the war--it also gives you options for deciding which decisions are at issue, a persuasive task more like "Persuading the reader to take action or find opinion valid".

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