List of Research Topics for Argumentative Essay

List of Research Topics for Argumentative Essay
List of Research Topics for Argumentative Essay
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Below are lists of possible research topics for evidence or counterarguments depending on which stance you take. These lists are just starting points and should be used for brainstorming and preliminary research.


  • Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Concentration and internment camps
    o Treaty of New Echota
    o Trail of Tears
    o Japanese-, German-, and Italian-Americans, and Native Alaskans during WWII
    o Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp
  • Crimes against humanity
    o South African apartheid
  • Cruelty towards animals
  • Domestic Terrorism
    o Oklahoma City Bombing
  • Drug Wars
  • Genocides or Ethnic Cleansings
    o Turkish massacre of Armenians in WWI
    o Holocaust (NO!)
    o Pol Pot
    o 1994 Rwandan Genocide
  • Hate groups
    o Ku Klux Klan
    o Aryan Nations
    o Westboro Baptist Church
  • Hate crimes
    o 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
    o Matthew Shepard murder
    o James Byrd Jr. murder
  • Human Trafficking
  • Massacres
    o Nanking Massacre
    o My Lai massacre
    o Kent State massacre
    o Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting
    o 2011 Tucson supermarket shooting
    o Boston Marathon Bombing
  • Psychology experiments
    o The Stanford Prison Experiment
    o Milgram Experiment
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • School shootings
    o Columbine High School
    o Virginia Tech
  • Slavery
  • War crimes
    o Bombing of Dresden in World War II
    o Abu Ghraib prison torture
  • Villains and Dictators
    o Idi Amin
    o Josef Mengele
    o Joseph Stalin
    o Muammar Qaddafi
    o Saddam Hussein
    o Bashar al-Assad


  • Nobel Peace Prize winners and nominees
    o Mother Teresa
    o 14TH Dalai Lama
    o Nelson Mandela
    o Martin Luther King Jr.
    o Mahatma Gandhi
    o Bono of U2
    o Al Gore
  • Philanthropic/altruistic individuals
    o Warren Buffett
    o Bill Gates
    § Eradicating Polio
    o The Giving Pledge campaign
  • Disaster relief aid and efforts
    o 9/11 first responders
    o 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
    o 2010 Haiti earthquake
    o 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado response
    o Hurricane Sandy
    o 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
  • Japanese senior citizens tackle nuclear crisis at Fukushima following Tohoku
  • Heroes
    o Cesar Chavez
    o Miep Gies
    o Louis Pasteur
    o Jonas Salk (creates polio vaccine, tests it on himself, never patents it)
    o Frederick Douglass
    o Harriet Tubman
    o Oskar Schindler
  • Human rights/Humanitarian organizations
    o Amnesty International
    o American Red Cross
    o Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
    o UNICEF
  • Non-profit /volunteer groups
    o Habitat for Humanity
    o Peace Corps
  • Strangers helping strangers
    o Donation of organs to strangers
    § Kidney transplants
    o Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation
    o Pay It Forward Movement
  • Underground Railroad
  • 9/12 Project

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