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Policing in 2020
Law enforcement is one of the most difficult, challenging, and controversial roles in American society. This issue of The Reference Shelf looks at the challenges facing police, from funding and staffing shortages to the influence of political polarization. The changing public perception of police and calls for reform will also be examined. The controversial “Defund the Police” and “Black Lives Matter” protests against police brutality will be covered, while other articles will explore policing and immigration enforcement, mental health and de-escalation training, and law enforcement during civil rights protests. Also explored will be the ways in which the onset of COVID-19 has changed policing and how these changes might impact the future of policing after the pandemic. 
February 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-789-0 | More Information
Food Insecurity & Hunger
in the United States
This issue of The Reference Shelf looks at America’s food economy and food inequality. Though America is the world’s wealthiest nation and has some of the most productive agricultural land in the world, it still has a serious problem with food availability and hunger. Research indicates that around 11 percent of American households struggle to obtain enough food, or quality foods, each year and 5.6 million households suffer from low access to enough food, or high-quality foods. This is not only a problem for the homeless and destitute, but also for the underemployed, college students, children, and the elderly in many parts of the country, and obesity, depression, asthma, and problems performing at work or in school are associated with not having enough to eat. This issue looks at why this problem persists in America as well as investigates the underlying causes, racial and ethnic disparities, and potential solutions to this long-standing and increasingly severe American crisis.
April 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-790-6 | More Information
National Debate Topic, 2021/22
Each year since 1925, students from around the country engage in debates informed by the National Forensic League’s (NFL) yearly national debate topic. Covering topics that range from U.S. foreign relations and economic policy abroad to key domestic issues, the NFL debate topics help shape academic and public discussions of some of the country’s current issues and controversies. Through samples of the best and most recent journalism and popular writing on the topic, The Reference Shelf provides an essential guide for students, teachers, and others interested in taking a deeper look at some of the most pressing and popular controversies in this current moment of American history.
June 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-791-3 | More Information
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College Sports
Where should America draw the line between professional and student athletes? This issue examines a variety of scandals and controversies in the college sports world, including admission scandals and the methods that recruiters and school administrators use to find, sign, and groom players. While some celebrate college sports and its role in producing players who go on to play at the professional level, others argue that college athletics denigrates the role that universities and colleges are supposed to play and that too often student athletes are exploited. Other critics argue that the entire college sports industry costs too much, resulting in rising tuition and college costs for students who receive little benefit from their institution’s sporting activities. This issue also looks at whether or not college athletes deserve some portion of the more than $1 billion industry that they create.
August 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-792-0 | More Information
While most Americans participate in vaccination, for a small number of Americans, vaccination is perceived as a threat and possibly even a conspiracy. This issue of The Reference Shelf looks at the history of vaccination as well as the regulation and administrative processes surrounding the creation and dissemination of vaccines. The cost and availability of vaccines in American communities is examined, as well as laws regarding childhood vaccination and access to schooling and other public facilities. Illnesses and other medical controversies related to the industry, and the emergence of the science skepticism/anti-vaccine movement that continues to influence American popular thought, is examined. This issue looks at how vaccines and the anti-vaccine movement have evolved with America and how this interplay of politics and personal liberty continues to impact American public health.
October 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-793-7 | More Information
Representative American Speeches, 2020/21
The most memorable speeches from a variety of speakers are discussed in this issue, allowing an opportunity to analyze the year’s most pressing and controversial topics. Speakers from many walks of life are featured, including education, politics, science and research, and popular culture.
December 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-794-4 | More Information
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