Loving, race and civil rights history for your research paper

The film, Loving, tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who in 1958, fought Virginia law in their quest to legalize interracial love and marriage. Unable to prevail, the couple was forced to leave the state and was forbidden to return together for 25 years. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, the Lovings took their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

The Loving story is just one of many civil rights cases that could be the cornerstone of your next research paper. Read more

Research paper: The electoral college

As the 2016 presidential election recedes in our rearview mirror, pundits will ponder and dissect the political campaign for months to come. Although Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, she lost the electoral college votes, and the White House, to Donald Trump.

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Every election cycle seems to end with a call to do away with the electoral college. Whether we should do that makes for a very timely research paper topic. Read more

The history of presidential impeachment—research paper ideas

Presidential impeachment is a serious act that the United States has only undertaken four times. A research paper could examine the historical precedents for such a political event.

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Learn more about how a presidential impeachment works. (Credit: Getty Images)

How to impeach a president and why the topic is at the forefront now with the recent election of Donald Trump, are other areas to explore in a research paper. Read more

Oromo protests in Ethiopia as your research topic

Ethiopia has been a stable Western ally in an area often seeded with unrest. But while it has shown economic advances in recent years, the nation has not progressed in terms of human rights issues, particularly when it comes to freedom of speech. In the face of continued oppression of cultural groups, including the Oromo people—the most populous and least powerful ethnic group in Ethiopia—many of the nation’s young people, including Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa, have protested the government.

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

They have been met with violence, and the unrest is causing the Ethiopian government to declare a state of emergency. For a research paper topic on current events or international relations, here is some of what you need to know about Ethiopia. Read more

The Whole Truth and legal issues for your research paper

In the film, The Whole Truth, Keanu Reeves plays a troubled defense attorney who grapples with moral and legal issues in defense of his client. In defending a young man accused of murdering his wealthy father, Reeve’s character soon learns, “Everybody lies.” The line between what is legal and what is moral is often in question when one observes the legal system.

Learn more about legal ethics in new movie, The Whole Truth. (Credit: Japan Times)

Learn more about legal ethics in new movie, The Whole Truth. (Credit: Japan Times)

For that reason you should consider criminal defense as your next research paper topic. Read more

Sexual assault cases: Changes in legal consequences as your research topic

The Stanford sexual assault case continues to make headlines as the public grapples with the legal consequences the ruling created. Not only has the sexual assault case made headlines for the sentence Brock Turner received in that case, but also the trial is drawing more attention to how police deal with rape reports.

Research how sexual assault cases are handled differently in different states. (Credit: Time)

Research how sexual assault cases are handled differently in different states. (Credit: Time)

Research paper topics could examine the differences between states in terms of minimum penalties for these cases, as well as ways our police departments could improve their handling of such cases. Read more

Prison industrial complex research paper topics

Ava Duvernay, the filmmaker behind Selma, has a new Netflix documentary, 13th, which focuses on the prison industrial complex. Meanwhile, a work and hunger strike is happening in America’s prisons, an issue that the U.S. media is mostly ignoring.

Discuss the prison industrial complex in your research paper. (Credit: Huffington Post/Getty Images)

Discuss the prison industrial complex in your research paper. (Credit: Huffington Post/Getty Images)

The topic of prisons in America offers many research paper topics, from how prisons have come to be privatized to the cause for the ethnic disparity in the prison population. Read more

Tax reform research topics—Donald Trump and federal income tax

Speculation about how much Donald Trump has paid in federal income tax has been in the news for months. After the first debate, the interest has increased as leaked documents indicate the Republican presidential candidate may have not paid taxes for close to two decades.

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Learn more about tax reform here. (Credit: Rate Coalition)

How we generate revenue for the government is an issue that’s constantly being debated by politicians and everyday citizens. Valid ideas for tax reform that both sides could agree on is just one research paper idea to explore on this topic. Read more

Banned Books Week research paper topics

Banned Books Week for 2016 recently ended but it got a lot of people talking about censorship, political correctness and infringement on free speech.

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Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Here are some research paper topics on banned and forbidden books. Read more

Public policy issues for research topics

Current and past public policy issues make interesting research topics for your term paper. You can write about the role of public policy in the presidential election, government policies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and the history of public policy.

Find out more about one of the many public policy topics. (Credit: UIC.edu)

Find out more about one of the many public policy topics. (Credit: UIC.edu)

Learn more about the different areas of study for your research paper here. Read more