A Thrilling Incident during Voting, 18th Ward, Philadelphia, Oct 11, 1864

Summary

Voting in the 19th century was not a secret process, and intimidation was a common tactic on all sides. Because ballots were preprinted and listed only candidates from a single party, everyone knew who you voted for. This could result in "thrilling" disagreements at polling places, such as this scene from an 1864 election in Philadelphia.

Voting in the 19th century was not a secret process, and intimidation was a common tactic on all sides. Because ballots were preprinted and listed only candidates from a single party, everyone knew who you voted for. This could result in "thrilling" disagreements at polling places, such as this scene from an 1864 election in Philadelphia.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

1864

Collection Title

Print Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

26.93.30

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Lithography

Dimensions

Height: 17.5 in

Width: 12.875 in

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