Arguments never occur in a vacuum. For every argument, there is a back story and a reason why someone is willing to take a particular stand. You'll see this as you read the primary source documents from your Contending Voices textbook. In many of the chapters, the lives of the men and women portrayed were literally on the line as they expressed their beliefs through their writing. In doing so, each writer/rhetor had to make lots of decisions: to whom do I want to convey my message? How should I convey my message? What should I say? How should I say it?
For this project, you will write an analysis of the rhetorical choices made by a particular writer featured in an assigned chapter from Contending Voices. Sections 242 & 243 will write their Rhetorical Analysis on Chapter 5: "The Conflict over the Constitution: Patrick Henry vs. James Madison." In essence, your job is to describe how this particular piece of writing (the primary source chosen) confirms the idea that "writing is a social and rhetorical activity" (Roozen 17).
Roozen, Kevin. "Writing is a Social and Rhetorical Activity." Naming What We Know, Edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elziabeth Wardle, UP of Colorado, 2016, pp. 17-18.