Slavery and the Electoral College: A Debate
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Sean Wilentz, Akhil Reed Amar
Tue, October 22nd, 2019 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



Was the Electoral College designed as a pro-slavery ploy to place undue influence in the hands of slaveholding states? Using historical sources and precedents, experts debate both sides: that the College was put in place as a reasonable alternative to direct election of a president versus an effort by the founders to accommodate slavery.

Sean Wilentz is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. His latest book is No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding. Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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