Public Program, Author Talk The Curious Creation of the Electoral College: What the Founders Didn't Want and Didn't See Coming 24 September 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ray Raphael

Hoping to sidestep popular elections and transcend politics, the framers concocted a bizarre, untried method of selecting the president. Little did they suspect how their system would be gamed, from 1789 through 2012. Ray Raphael’s latest book is Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). His several other books on the Founding Era include A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past. A complete list of his works can be found at

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