The Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College

Slavery is gone, but its legacy remains in the electoral college.

Lecture Description

At the Constitutional Convention James Madison said the “fittest” (most proper) way to elect the president would be by a popular vote. But he thought that was impossible because it would harm the southern states because enslaved people could not vote. Thus, the electoral college folded the three-fifths clause into the election of the president.


Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights Slavery

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