I need some ideas from historical events for my essay it has to be 4-5 pages and has to be around 1700's to the 1870's Essay Topic: What The Heck? Sometimes history makes little sense. Choose a few historical issues that make little sense to you and write about why they are strange. Try to avoid being anachronistic. Some examples might be the Declaration of Independence stating that all men are created equal while the author owned slaves, or whites arguing that slavery ensured freedom. When writing be sure to explain the contradictions and perhaps offer them some editorial advice.