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Persuasive speeches/papers are a common assignment. It’s always good when students can stretch beyond the perennial favorites (like abortion and the death penalty) and find something that reflects current events. We recently refreshed our debate books section. Take a scan through and look for topics.

All of these titles are in our Debate collection. In Cedar Rapids these titles don’t check out, but can be used in the library and can be photocopied. The books in the Opposing Viewpoints below can be found by the individual chapter as Viewpoints within our Opposing Viewpoints database. Also find subjects with pro/con debates in CQ Researcher.

Close-up of a part of a shelf of debate books with pink labels

Debate Book Collection Close-Up

Are There Two Americas?: Current Controversies, Edited by Caleb Bissinger, Call Number: 306.209 A678

Bankruptcy: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Noah Berlatsky, Call Number: 332.75 B218

Border Wall with Mexico: Current Controversies, Edited by Martin Gitlin, Call Number: 325.73 B728

Campus Sexual Violence: At Issue, Edited by Elizabeth Schmermund, Call Number: 371.782 C199

Civil Disobedience: At Issue, Edited by Elizabeth Schmermund, Call Number: 303.61 C582

Cover of Corporate FarmingConfederate Flag: Current Controversies, Edited by Anne Cunningham, Call Number: 929.92 C748

Corporate Farming: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Avery Elizabeth Hurt, Call  Number: 338.1 C822

Deep State: At Issue, Edited by Rita Santos, Call Number: 320.973 D311

Domestic Terrorism: At Issue, Edited by Elizabeth Schmermund, Call Number: 363.325 D668

Energy Industry: Current Controversies, Edited by Kristina Lyn Heitkamp, Call Number: 333.79 E568

Enhanced Interrogation and Torture: Current Controversies, Edited by Gary Wiener, Call Number: 327.127 E588

Ethics of Wikileaks: At Issue, Edited by Carrie Ann Taylor, Call Number: 172 E844

Evaluation Media Bias by Adam J. Schiffer, Call Number: 302.23 S333e (Circulating)

Executive Orders: Current Controversies, Edited by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Call Number: 352.23 E962

Federal Budget and Government Spending, Edited by Lisa idzikowski, Call Number: 336.39 F293

Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Avery Elizabeth Hurt, Call Number: 305.42 F329

Fifth Estate: Extreme Viewpoints from Alternative Media: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Kathryn Roberts, Call Number: 302.23 F469

Cover of Freedom of Speech on CampusFreedom of Speech on Campus: Current Controversies, Edited by Eamon Doyle, Call Number: 323.443 F853f

Gerrymandering and Voting Districts: At Issue, Edited by Rita Santos, Call Number: 328.73 G379

Hacking and Freedom of Information: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Call Number: 364.168 H121a

Homelessness and Street Crime: Current Controversies, Edited by Peter Schauer, Call Number: 364.25 H765

Identity Politics: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Elizabeth Schmermund, Call Number: 306.2 I198

Media Bias and the Role of the Press: At Issue, Edited by Eamon Doyle, Call Number: 302.23 M489

Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Trigger Warnings: Current Controversies, Edited by Gary Wiener, Call Number: 305.8 M626

Cover of Microagressions, Safe Spaces, and Trigger WarningsOnline Filter Bubbles: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Paula Johnson, Call Number: 025.04 O589

Pipelines and Politics: At Issue, Edited by Lisa Idzikowski, Call Number: 388.509 P664

Police Training and Excessive Force: Current Controversies, Edited by Pete Schauer, Call Number: 363.232 P766

Political Correctness: Current Controversies, Edited by Rachel Bozek, Call Number: 306 P769

Politicians on Social Media: At Issue, Edited by Pete Schauer, Call Number: 324.73 P769

Political Correctness: Current Controversies, Edited by Rachel Bozek, Call Number: 306 P769

Political Elite and Special Interests: Current Controversies, Edited by Rachel Bozek, Call Number: 322.4 P769

The Politics of Water Scarcity: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Susan Nichols, Call Number: 333.91 P769

Returning Soldiers and PTSD: Current Controversies, Edited by Barbara Krasner, Call Number: 616.85 R439

Right to a Living Wage: At Issue, Edited by Matt Uhler, Call Number 331.23 R571

Sanctuary Cities: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Marcia Amidon Lüsted, Call Number: 325.73 S212

Space Exploration: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Michael Ruth, Call Number: 629.41 S732

Cover of Student Loans: At IssueStates’ Rights and the Role of the Federal Government: Current Controversies, Edited by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Call Number: 320.473 S797

Student Loans: At Issue, Edited by Noel Merino, Call Number: 378.3 S933

Trial by Internet: At Issue, Edited by Avery Elizabeth Hurt, Call Number: 302.231 T819

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and the Sharing Economy: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Rachel Bozek, Call Number: 338.6 U14

Veterans: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Dedria Bryfonski, Call Number: 362.86 V586v

Video Game Addiction by David A. Olle and Jean Riescher Westcott, Call Number: 616.858 O496v (Circulating)

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and the Sharing EconomyViolent Video Games and Society: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Gloria G. Adams, Call Number: 794.8 V795

Voting Rights and Voter ID Laws: At Issue, Edited by M.M. Eboch, Call Number: 342.73 V971

Western Democracy at Risk: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Avery Elizabeth Hurt, Call Number: 320.918 W527

When is Free Speech Hate Speech?: At Issue, Edited by Martin Gitlin, Call Number: 323.443 W567

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