What role did slavery play in the development of the Electoral College? Historians debate the subject. Students explore this question in this CivCon (Civil Conversation) lesson.
It is strongly recommended that this CivCon lesson follow the lesson 270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States to build students' prior knowledge of the functioning of the Electoral College.
In this CivCon, students read a short text that outlines competing arguments about the significance of the link between slavery and the Electoral College. Next, they participate in a Civil Conversation based on the reading. In this structured discussion method, under the guidance of a facilitator (the teacher), participants are encouraged to engage intellectually with challenging materials, gain insight about their own point of view, and strive for shared understanding of issues.