Argumentative and persuasive research papers allow the writer an opportunity to take a stand on issues that divide people into frothing mobs, some of whom misinterpret history completely and name themselves after a group of leftist radicals of the same ilk that they today would condemn as anti-American. No matter when you are assigned to write one of these kinds of research papers, you will be able to look around and find hot topics that are pushing the buttons of millions.
This topic for an argumentative or persuasive essay or research paper will likely always be a topic of division and that is certainly true today. Contemporary issues surrounding gay rights focus mainly on whether homosexuals who contribute to society by paying taxes and buying consumer goods should have the same right to marry that two heterosexual murderers recently released from prison have. Currently, of course, in most cases law-abiding homosexuals do not possess the same rights as law-breaking heterosexuals so this may be a hot topic for some time to come.
The topic of immigration has ebbed and flowed throughout the history of the United States. Lawmakers in the U.S. have been creating stiffer immigration policies every few decades since the country was founded. Some of these laws have come to be looked upon unfavorably (and that is being kind) with the assistance of hindsight. Write an argumentative or persuasive essay or research paper that takes the position that current efforts to stem the tide of immigration such as building a wall along the Mexican border or the controversial 2010 Arizona law will one day join such measures as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Emergency Quota Act of 1927 as American anti-immigration policies recognized for its inherent racist and inequitable qualities.
Family Viewing Hour
The level of profanity, sexuality and nudity available on television is higher than it has ever been before. (And yet the level of interesting shows to watch has never been lower!) The question always comes down to free speech versus protecting the psyche of those too young or immature or ill-prepared to watch television content beyond their capacity to understand. Take either side of this ongoing hot button issue and write a persuasive argument defending your position for or against re-instituting the Family Viewing Hour.
Athletes as Role Models
The sex scandals of Tiger Woods in 2009-2010 brought to the fore once again the issue of whether sports stars should be considered role models. Former NBA star Charles Barkley centered one side of the argument that can be made for a persuasive paper in the early 90s when he declared that he wasn’t paid to be a role model, but to wreak havoc on the court. The other side of this issue, of course, is that Barkley missed the point entirely: he may not have chosen to be a role model, but he chose to pursue a career where he knew full well that being a role model is seen as part of the job description that must be lived up to.