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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. Or check out our last list.

Most of these titles are in our Debate collection. (Learn a little bit more about how to use the Debate Collection). In Cedar Rapids these titles NOW check out, but can also be used in the library and can be photocopied. The books in the Opposing Viewpoints series 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.

The rest of the titles are in our circulating collection on the second floor, but are on popular topics. If there is a topic you’d like to see information on that isn’t covered, please let us know.

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

Aging in the Family by George E. Dickinson and Brenda S. Sanders, Call Number: 305.26 D553a

America’s Infrastructure: At Issue by Lisa Idzikowski, Call Number: DEBATE 363.609 A512

Athletes, Ethics, and Morality: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Martin Gitlin, Call Number: DEBATE 796.01 A871

Cover of America's InfrastructureCampaign Finance: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Kathryn Roberts, Call Number: DEBATE 324.78 C186c

Charter Schools and School Vouchers: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Pete Schauer, Call Number: DEBATE 379.1 C486

Classified Intelligence and Leaks:Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Lisa Idzikowski, Call Number: DEBATE 327.127 H498c

Commercial Space Exploration: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by M.M. Eboch, Call Number: DEBATE 338.099 C734

Debating Genocide by Lisa Pine, Call Number: 304.663 P649d

Eating Disorders in America: Contemporary World Issues by David E. Newton, Call Number: 362.196 N562e

The Economics of Clean Energy: Current Controversies, Edited by Kathryn Roberts, Call Number: DEBATE 333.79 E197e

Ethical Pet Ownership: Puppy Mills, Rescue Pets, and Exotic Animal Trade: At Issue by Lisa Idzikowski, Call Number: DEBATE 636.088 E842

Gentrification and the Housing Crisis: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Call Number: DEBATE 307.34 G339

Globalization: Current Controversies, Edited by Yea Jee Bae, Call Number: DEBATE 303.48 G562

Cover of Eating Disorders in AmericaHarm Reduction: Public Health Strategies: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Barbara Krasner, Call Number: 362.29 H287

The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron, Call Number: 345.73 W167h

Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship by Nadine Strossen Call Number: 342.73 S924h

Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice by James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters, Call Number: 371.042 D993h

Interference in Elections: Current Controversies, Edited by Kristina Lyn Heitkamp, Call Number: 324.973 I611

Learned Helplessness, Welfare, and the Poverty Cycle: Current Controversies, Edited by Kristina Lyn Heitkamp, Call Number: 362.509 L438

Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by M.M. Eboch, Call Number: 305.31 M395

Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, Call Number: 664.929 W967m

Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. by Annie Isabel, Fukushima, Call Number: 306.362

The NFL National Anthem Protests by Margaret Haerens, Call Number; 796.332 H136n

Pesticides and GMOs: Opposing Viewpoints by Yea Jee Bae, Call Number: 628.5 P476

Politics and Journalism in a Post-Truth World: Opposing Viewpoints by Martin Gitlin, Call Number: 070.4 P769

The Role of Religion in Public Policy: At Issue by Eamon Doyle, Call Number: Debate 322.109 R745r

School Shootings and the Never Again Movement: 21st Century Turning Points by Laurie Collier Hillstrom, Call Number: 371.782 H655s

Self-Driving Cars: Opposing Viewpoints, Edited by Lisa Idzikowski and Pete Schauer, Call Number: DEBATE 388.342 S465

Sex and Gender in the 2016 Presidential Election by Caroline Heldman, Meredith Conroy, and Alissa R. Ackerman, Call Number: 324.973 H474s

Troll Factories: Russia’s Web Brigades: At Issue by Andrew Karpan, Call Number:  DEBATE 005.8 T846t

The Two-Party System in the United States, Edited by Barbara Kasner, Call Number: DEBATE 324.273 T974t

Vegetarianism and Veganism: Contemporary World Issues by David E. Newton, Call Number: 613.262 n562v

Violence Against Women: Global Viewpoints, Edited by Kathryn Roberts, Call Number: DEBATE 362.88 V795a

We the People: The 500-Year Battle Over Who is American by Ben Railton, Call Number: 305.8 R152w

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