Explore History Channel’s “Harry Houdini” in your next research paper

The History Channel mini series on magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody demonstrates how we just can’t get enough of this master of magic and illusion.

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

But does the TV mini series do justice to Houdini’s legacy? Could there be more behind his great escapes? What was true and what was myth about the man originally born as Erik Weisz? These questions can be the impetus for many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Women in the Revolutionary War: From Boycotts to Battlefields

Are you searching for research paper topics for a U.S. history class? How about writing a paper on women in the Revolutionary War?

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution (1775-1783) in a variety of ways, including boycotting goods to fighting on the battlefields. This was a period marked by controversies for women. On one hand, their roles were limited by the traditional stereotypes and regulations, while on the other, women felt the influence of the revolutionary spirit. Read more

Examining death penalty from Executed in your research paper

The death penalty is a highly controversial subject today. Close to 100 countries have abolished the practice while others still have capital punishment on the books, but have not used execution in years.

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

The practice is frequently debated in the United States—whether it is constitutional, humane, or racist—with even more criticism of late due to a recent botched execution. An ITV documentary, Executed, that aired on British television, offered a look at death penalty pros and cons, although many viewed the film to be too one-sided. Read more

Research paper topic: Racism in America

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has sparked discussion on racism in America. Many allege that Brown was shot because of racial profiling and institutional discrimination within our criminal justice system.

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

There is a lot of disagreement regarding the effect of racism and discrimination in law enforcement and the courts. How would you approach this subject in a research paper? Read more

Explore Secret State of North Korea for your next research paper

On September 2, 2014, PBS aired an encore presentation of the Frontline documentary, Secret State of North Korea. Viewers got a look inside this isolated country and its enigmatic ruler, Kim Jong-Un, who is the world’s youngest dictator.

Kim Jong-Un, the world's youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

As in the regime of his predecessor and father, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, human rights of the Korean people are being subjugated as a matter of policy. Drawing on undercover footage and interviews, this documentary exposes the harsh conditions of daily life and the courage of those who are working to erode the regime’s influence. Read more

History research paper: World War I and White House burning

Among the good research paper topics for your world history research paper this semester would be discussing some historical milestones. The year 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War I.

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The June 28, 1914, assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo led a month later to the official start of the war. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by the British. Read more

Discussing capital punishment in your research paper

Capital punishment, also called the death penalty, is a controversial subject. Many people are fiercely on one side of the debate or the other.

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

Some possible ideas for good research paper topics include:

  • Define capital punishment and discuss pros and cons of capital punishment

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Research paper topic on Shark Week: More fact or fiction?

Fans may still be tuning in, but that doesn’t mean that many aren’t furious with the Discovery Channel, which has yet again offered up mostly fictitious programming during their now infamous Shark Week. This season’s “catch”?

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

That would be Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine, which follows on the heels of last year’s Megalodon Mockumentary. Will the lack of facts create yet another Shark Week controversy? Read more

Civil War nurses: Why are battlefield angels the unsung heroes?

Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later? Read more

Research paper topic ideas on immigration

The U.S. Congress missed its August 1, 2014, deadline for dealing with the thousands of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border. On Thursday, July 31, it became apparent that debate on immigration had stalled, leaving the asylum seekers with no resolution.

'Time Is Now' Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

‘Time Is Now’ Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

In July 2014, President Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. Yet the Republican-controlled House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on the passage of a $659 million funding proposal backed by the House leadership. For your next research paper, look to some ideas including illegal immigration, immigration reform or immigration policy for help. Read more