Writing Into the Day - The Wicked Problem and Peculiar Institution of Slavery (Prepping for Exam 2)

According to a Wikipedia article, a wicked problem is defined as "a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The use of the term "wicked" here has come to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem

How did the institution of slavery in the South present itself as a '''wicked problem"? That is, why was it difficult to "solve" the problem of slavery? How was the culture and the economy of the South entwined with the practice of slavery?

  • On what grounds did George Fitzhugh justify slavery?
  • On what grounds did Hinton Rowan Helper condemn slavery?

Announcements - Professor Burnett is taking a sick day today as she has been feeling puny! Subsequently, all activities for today's class should be done be independently and online.

  • Please complete the Writing Into the Day and put it in your Writing Portfolio, as usual!
  • If you had plans to come see me today to get help, you are welcome to email me with questions.

Learning and Activities for Today

Research Journal -- The Source Reviews and the Working Bibliography

  • Work on your Research Journal by conducting research and tackling your source reviews and your working bibliography.
  • Remember that you need to complete 3 source reviews:
    • A primary source document associated with your topic
    • A scholarly, peer-reviewed article (CREDO Reference articles are NOT scholarly, peer-reviewed sources.)
    • Modern-day connection source

The Rhetorical Situations Project - The Group Presentations for First Year Presentations

Read and look over the following links:


Please have at least one source review completed and in your Writing Portfolio for class on Wednesday. You will need this document to conduct your peer review.