Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of Race and the Electoral College

Race and the Electoral College

Harvard University Professor Alexander Keyssar offered his thoughts about the Electoral College and how the issue of race has impacted its creation and efforts to reform the process.

Description

Harvard University Professor Alexander Keyssar offered his thoughts about the Electoral College and how the issue of race has impacted its creation and efforts to reform the process.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did the three-fifths clause of the Constitution impact the number of electoral college votes in the South?
  • Why were Southern politicians opposed to a national popular vote between 1870 and 1970?
  • What impacts how much influence a state gets in the electoral college? How is this different than in a national popular vote system?
  • How did the disenfranchisement of African Americans affect possible efforts to change the electoral college?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Clout
    • Constitutional Convention
    • Disenfranchised
    • Electoral College
    • National Popular Vote
    • Reform
    • Structural Racism
    • Three-fifths Clause
    • Voter Turnout

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsCivil Rights & Civil LibertiesConstitutional FoundationU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity