I am trying to think of an argumentative essay topic. The topic should be written on the same general topic as my research paper but not the exact same thing. My research topic is on the decline of...

I am trying to think of an argumentative essay topic. The topic should be written on the same general topic as my research paper but not the exact same thing. My research topic is on the decline of African American marriage. What can I argue?

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wmche001 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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You should consider arguing that popular culture has the strongest influence on marriage in our country, particularly mass media.  For example, how music, advertisements, television and movies have changed people's perceptions of marriage.  This would be especially interesting if you started with marriage statistics beginning for example in the 1950's to the present and analyzed popular culture throughout that time period. (You could shorten the range to the 80's or 90's if this is too extensive).

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If you are writing about declines in marriage among African Americans, I would say that you can choose from one of two general topics.  On the one hand, you could write about the causes of this decline.  On the other, you could write about the effects of the decline.

You might be interested in making an argument about why African American rates of marriage are declining.  You might argue that it is because of the lack of good jobs for African American men that would make them “marriageable.”  Along the same lines, you could blame the decline in marriage on the increase in the incarceration rates for African American men.  Alternatively, you might argue that the decline is not really caused by race but is, instead, a symptom of a general decline in marriage among the poor. You have presumably done research on this subject, so you may know of other factors that you could cite as causes of this decline.

You might instead be interested in writing about the effects of the decline in marriage.  You could argue that this decline is a major cause of problems in the African American community.  Alternatively, you could argue that the effects of the decline in marriage are not that great.  You could argue that the decline in marriage is less important than other factors like poverty.  Basically, you would need to argue about the importance of black marriages or the lack thereof.

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Most of the suggestions you provided are in my research paper. Maybe i'll argue why young adults shouldn't get married early.

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Most of the suggestions you provided are in my research paper. So it will be redundant to write on the same thing.  I guess I'll write on marriage in general instead on one ethinicity. 

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