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Kinds of Ineffective Conclusions ( ) 1. The “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It” Conclusion. This conclusion  just restates the thesis and is usually painfully short. It does not push the  ideas forward. People write this kind of conclusion when they can’t think of  anything else to say.  Example: In conclusion, Frederick Douglass was, as we have seen, a pioneer  in American education, proving that education was a major force for social  change with regard to slavery. 2. The “America the Beautiful”/”I Am Woman”/”We Shall Overcome”  Conclusion. This kind of conclusion usually draws on emotion to make its  appeal, but while this emotion and even sentimentality may be very  heartfelt, it is usually out of character with the rest of an analytical paper. A  more sophisticated commentary, rather than emotional praise, would be a  more fitting tribute to the topic.  Example: Because of the efforts of fine Americans like Frederick Douglass,  countless others have seen the shining beacon of light that is education. His 
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example was a torch that lit the way for others. Frederick Douglass was truly  an American hero. 3. The “Grab Bag” Conclusion. This kind of conclusion includes extra  information that the writer found or thought of but couldn’t integrate into  the main paper. You may find it hard to leave out details that you 
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