What do you mean by "played a part"? If by that you mean that the electoral college was created for the purpose of defending slavery, you are simply wrong. Just look at an unbiased source like History Central:
The Electoral College was created for two reasons. The first purpose was to create a buffer between the population and the selection of a President. The second as part of the structure of the government that gave extra power to the smaller states.
The first reason that the founders created the Electoral College is hard to understand today. The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the Presidency. They feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power. Hamilton [a non slave owning New Yorker] wrote in the Federalist Papers:
It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations. It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief.https://www.historycentral.com/election ... gewhy.html
Two reasons, neither to do with slavery:
To protect the smaller states from being overwhelmed by the larger more populous states such as Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, itself a slave state
To enable a presumably more sophisticated and informed smaller group of electors to make the decision on the presidency, and not the electorate as a whole. The Founders did not trust the wisdom of the populace.
Whatever role slavery may have played in the debate it was a pretty minor one and I haven’t been able to find any record of it. The lack of records on this should tell you something. As I told your intellectual and like minded colleague, if you can find some actual discussion or record that indicates that slavery played a significant role in the construction of the EC, then produce it. I know from experience that you have a tendency to make unsupported claims and then refuse to document any evidence for them, claiming it is up to your opponent to disprove your beliefs.
Well, no. Your claim, you either prove it or admit that you cannot..............................
I don’t think I know two people who have not heard all the smoking gun claims and hysteria etc. over the last 2 years. The investigation was to show that the President conspired with the Russian government to influence the election. The report is out. The assertion was not supported. End of story.
……………………… Unless…. It was Mrs. Peacock with the wrench in the Conservatory…………………….Luca