Special Topics in History List of Potential Controversial Issues for Debate

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Special Topics in History

List of Potential Controversial Issues for Debate

Was it necessary to drop the atomic bomb to end the Second World War? 1.

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Was rock ‘n’ roll responsible for dismantling traditional American values?

Did the Great Society fail?

Has the Women’s Movement of the 1970s failed to liberate women?

Was the Treaty of Versailles responsible for the Second World War?

Does the president possess the constitutional authority to order wiretaps on United States citizens?

Does the “cruel and unusual punishment” clause of the eighth amendment bar the death penalty for juveniles?

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Did Lincoln “free the slaves?”

Should accused terrorists have legal rights similar to prisoners of war?

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Is Affirmative Action a fair practice?

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Is America in moral decline?

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Should the government intervene in a capitalist economy?

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Do minorities and whites engage in self-segregation?

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Is an emphasis on a color-blind society the answer to racism in this country?

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Does white skin privilege still exist in American society?

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Do the roots of modern terrorism lie in political powerlessness, economic hopelessness, and social alienation?

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Did the New Deal prolong the Great Depression?

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Was the United States responsible for the Cold War?

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Was Richard Nixon the last American liberal president?

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