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Methods of Argument

An Anthology of Readings

Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline

Publication Date - November 2018

ISBN: 9780190855710

336 pages
6 x 9 inches

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This argument reader showcases both classic and contemporary essays and images from a broad range of sources and writers


Countering the current climate of "fake news" and "alternative facts," Methods of Argument: An Anthology of Readings showcases well-reasoned and well-supported arguments. The anthology's selections model an array of critical-thinking and writing techniques, covering both simple single-point and complex multi-point arguments.


  • Over fifty essays and images exemplify powerful themes like Race and Identity, Technology and Media, Gender Roles, and other contemporary issues
  • Biographical headnotes offer brief introductions to each contributor
  • Discussion questions encourage students to reflect and connect after each selection

About the Author(s)

Deborah H. Holdstein is former Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and current Professor of English and Associate Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Danielle Aquiline is Associate Professor of English at Oakton Community College.


"The first thing I noticed is how current and significant these pieces are. I also like the variety of topics offered, including body image, technology, politics, and race, to name a few. There is nothing listed here that I would not want my students to read and respond to critically." --Heather Braun, University of Akron

"I like the diversity of the readings; the mix of classic/foundational and new, ephemerally relevant material; and the balance shown to male and female voices." --Susan Wright, Campbellsville University

"I cannot stress enough how much I love the selections in Methods of Argument." --Sarah Cote, Alfred University

Table of Contents

    Race and Identity
    How to Tame a Wild Tongue, an excerpt Borderlands, Gloria Anzaldua
    I Don't See Color: Then You Don't See Me!, Sam Louie
    Two Ways to Belong in America, Bharati Mukherjee
    A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space, Brent Staples
    "Filipineza" Doesn't Mean "Servant", Melissa R Sipin
    Dinosaurs in the Hood, a poem, Danez Smith
    Killing Like They Do in the Movies, Justin Reed

    Technology and Media
    'Tiny House Hunters' and the Shrinking American Dream, Roxane Gay
    Be a Gamer, Save the World, Jane McGonigal
    How Technology Hijacks People's-from a Magician and Google's Design Ethicist, Tristan Harris
    The Information: How the Internet Gets Inside Us, Adam Gopnik
    Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?, Stephen Marche
    Pornography, Margaret Atwood

    Gender Roles
    The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker, Sameer Pandya
    Chase & Sanborn coffee ad, #13
    A New England Nun, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
    What I've Learned from Men, Barbara Ehrenreich
    An American Girl in Italy, a photograph, Ruth Orkin
    The Fundamental Principle of a Republic, Anna Howard Shaw
    Vindication of the Rights of Women, an excerpt, Mary Wollstonecraft
    Cruel and Barbarous Treatment, Mary McCarthy

    Higher Ground
    Inaugural Address, January 1961, John F Kennedy
    Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    The Four Freedoms, Franklin Roosevelt
    Pappas v. Guiliani
    Sonia Sotomayer, Shooting an Elephant
    George Orwell
    The Tyranny of the Majority, Lani Guinier

    The Perils of Indifference, Elie Wiesel
    People Like Us, David Brooks
    The Guest, Albert Camus
    Doin' Time with a New Ticker, Steve Lopez
    Lifeboat Ethics, Garrett Hardin
    Ethics, a poem, Linda Pastan
    The Cost of Public Humiliation, Joseph Telushkin
    Banned Photograph, "The University of Arizona Class of 1898-1899"
    The Birthmark, Nathanial Hawthorne

    The Recliner of Turin, photograph, Jay Boersma
    A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift
    U.S. Government to Discontinue Long-Term, Low-Yield Investment in Nation's Youth, The Onion
    Commencement Speech, Stanford, 2015, Steve Jobs
    Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau
    Lungs, advertisement image from WWF
    Dr. Seuss political cartoon
    Disinformocracy, Howard Rheingold

    Contemporary Issues
    The Paranoid Style of American Policing, Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Baby Boomers are Taking On Ageism-and Losing, Lydia Depillis
    Islam in Two Americas, Ross Douthat
    The Charmer, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    The Trouble with Fries, Malcolm Gladwell
    The Busy Trap, Tim Kreider
    The Heroism of Incremental Care, Atul Gawande
    The Shawl, Cynthia Ozick
    Your Brain on Poverty, Derek Thompson

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