Well, here it is, my first major history paper. My Prospectus is due in less than a month and the only suggestion we have is to keep our material after 1500 C.E. Since that knocks out my current field of interest I am stuck just finding a topic. I find one that is interesting and then I ask the question "So What?" and I get stuck. Nobody really cares about the impact of the Yukon Gold Rush or the economic history of San Francisco as it developed from a Spanish Mission to a Gold Rush Metropolis. The changing sexuality of women during Queen Victoria's time may be interesting but I just cannot find enough primary source documentation.
Any suggestions for a topic? I am pretty much going to be living in the library so help would be lovely.