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Here is the Complete List of 2019 Issues:
  • The Two Koreas
  • Affordable Housing
  • National Debate Topic, 2019-2020: Arms Sales
  • Democracy Evolving
  • New Frontiers in Space
  • Representative American Speeches 2018/2019
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Affordable Housing
This issue tackles the controversial topic of affordable housing. A collection of primary and secondary sources provides examples of American thought and media coverage on issues such as mortgage rates and the availability of real estate, homelessness, the development and management of government-sponsored housing programs in the present and past, and the impact of home ownership on prosperity and the perception of the American Dream.

Chapter topics include:
  • The Housing Crisis
  • Affordable Housing Today
  • Exploring the Affordable Housing Debate
  • Housing & Welfare
  • Possible Solutions
March 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-219-2 | Price: $75 | More Information
National Debate Topic 2019/2020: Arms Sales
This volume of The Reference Shelf focuses on the National Forensics League’s (NFL) 2019-2020 National Debate Topic, Arms Sales. America’s arms-sales policy directs both commercial sales (DCS) and foreign military sales (FMS) and can be viewed as either a key tool of foreign policy and national security or as a practice that results in the opposite of its intent: increased terrorism, instability, and advanced military technology ending up in the hands of hostile forces. Does the current policy encourage nation-building and maintain military balance among nations?
Would a reduction in arms sales by the United States simply be filled by a competing power such as Russia or China? Are human-rights violations overlooked when selling arms to countries that are strategically important to U.S. defense? What would be the effect on the U.S. economy if arms sales are reduced? These are some of the issues that will be raised in this important debate.
June 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-220-8 | Price: $75 | More Information
New Frontiers in Space
New Frontiers in Space  examines the evolving issues of space science and technology, providing periodical articles that provide perspective on America's past, present, and future in the realm of space exploration. Issues examined include the debate over military space development from Star Wars to the Space Force, the future of NASA, and the growth and possible future of the private space tourism industry.
October 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-222-2 | Price: $75 | More Information
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Democracy Evolving
This issue takes a closer look at America's evolving ideas about the nature and value of the democratic system. A select collection of primary and secondary sources provide viewpoints and arguments on the issue of democracy's past, present, and future, and will cover issues like the rise and fall of American socialism, the evolution of patriotism, and views on how America's political system embodies and fails to embody democratic ideals.
August 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-221-5 | Price: $75 | More Information
The Two Koreas
This issue looks at America's relationship with North and South Korea. It covers the long U.S.-South Korean military alliance, America's developing relationship with North Korea, and the tense 2018 effort to stem North Korea's nuclear weapons program. A selection of key primary and secondary sources will look at the experiences of Korean immigrants, the future of U.S.-Korean trade and military agreements, and how perceptions of U.S.-Korean relations have changed over time.

Chapter topics include:
  • The Tale of Two Koreas
  • Life in the Two Koreas
  • The Korean Threat
  • The Current Summit Talks and What They Mean for the Future
  • Korean Americans
January 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-218-5 | Price: $75 | More Information
Representative American Speeches, 2018-2019
Selected from a diverse field of speakers and venues, this issue offers some of the most engaging American speeches of the year. Distinguished by its diversity, covering areas in politics, education, popular culture, as well as trending topics in the news, these speeches provide an interesting format to explore some of the year's most important stories.
December 2019 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-223-9 | Price: $75 | More Information
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