Free State of Jones offers Civil War history research paper topics

The historical movie Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey is about citizens of Mississippi who disagreed with their state’s decision to secede from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The movie follows historical figure Newton Knight who deserted the Confederate army, led an uprising of guerilla warfare against the Confederacy and declared solidarity with the Union.

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

He also married a former slave leading to repercussions in race relations in Mississippi to this day. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Civil War history. Read more

Undocumented immigrants as your political science research topic

Crockett High School valedictorian Mayte Lara Ibarra didn’t expect a tweet about overcoming her own barriers to success to go viral. But by so casually declaring that she was an undocumented immigrant, the internet chatter soon became a roar. How can this viral tweet, and the response it received, be used to look at the topic of illegal immigrants?

Find out more about undocumented immigrants for your next research paper. (Credit: Twitter via NBC News)

Find out more about undocumented immigrants for your next research paper. (Credit: Twitter via NBC News)

Consider the explosion of both praise–and hatred–for a research paper topic in civic, political science or pop culture course. Read more

Research paper topic: Primary election rules and the role of superdelegates

The 2016 U.S. primary elections have generated a lot of controversy and dissatisfaction with the election process. Both Republican Party candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders have generated massive popular support and yet their candidacy is in doubt because of the role of superdelegates.

Primary election rules grow increasingly important as the campaign draws closer to parity. (Credit: Democracy Chronicles)

Primary election rules grow increasingly important as the campaign draws closer to parity. (Credit: Democracy Chronicles)

In July 2016, both Democratic and Republican conventions will finalize the choice for their party nominee to run on the ballot in November’s presidential election. Calls to change the election laws and role of superdelegates could fuel your next research paper. Read more

Research paper topic: Multinational forces fighting Boko Haram

On May 15, 2016, the government of Cameroon announced that multinational forces fighting Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic group that has threatened Nigerian peace for nearly seven years, arrested five leaders of the insurgency. The multinational forces were also able to free a number of captive women and children. While progress is being made against this terrorist organization, the Boko Haram has already done a great deal of damage, killing over 20,000 people.

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

If you are looking for research paper topics in international studies or African studies, consider researching the history of the Boko Haram, the multinational forces approved by the UN Security Council, or other terrorist groups threatening nations in modern Africa. Read more

Research paper topics: Captain America Civil War and the United Nations

Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, posits the notion that the Avengers need to be held accountable for their actions. The solution? Form a United Nations taskforce to oversee the group, assign them to missions, and answer for the problems they cause.

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Captain America, who has been burned by international oversight before (Marvel’s World Security Council was infiltrated by a fanatic spin-off of the World War II Nazi party in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) argues that accepting oversight from the United Nations would mean the Avengers had less ability to make their own decisions about where and when to intervene. Read more

How Hispanic voters impact the 2016 presidential election as your research topic

As we move ever closer to voting day for the 2016 presidential election the issue of race has become a recurring theme. In their quest for a majority of electoral votes frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to disappoint large voting blocs such as blacks and Latinos. Currently Hispanics in America outnumber blacks with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

With such large numbers of eligible voters many pundits predict that this demographic could play a significant role in deciding the election. For this reason the power of the Latino electorate could be the center of your next research paper. Read more

Discuss LGBT rights and marriage equality in your next research paper

The history of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the United States offers many areas to explore in a research paper.

Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

The latest comes courtesy of the North Carolina state legislature, which, in a special session, overruled previous anti-discrimination legislation established earlier in the year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

A different take on the war in Afghanistan as your research topic

The latest movie from famed comedian Tina Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is based on the memoir by Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle. While the movie diverges somewhat from the memoir’s original plot, it still focuses on a war correspondent confronting the realities of the War in Afghanistan.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Not only does the war itself offer many research paper topics, but also the role of the media in wartime is another area to explore. Read more

Topic ideas for music history research papers

If you’re a music major, chances are you have a more nuanced view of music history than Pentatonix offers in their “Evolution of Music.” But if you’re not a music major and you’re stuck for topic ideas for your music history research paper, checking out their video on YouTube might be a fun place to start.

After that little bit of musical inspiration, take a look at this range of ideas you can start from to nail down topic ideas for your next paper. Read more

U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more