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America's History in the Making

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Painting of Election Day, Philadelphia, 1815

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John Lewis Krimmel, ELECTION DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE, (1815). Courtesy the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Accession no. Bc47K897).

Creator John Louis Krimmel
Context Election days were highly public and entertaining events in the early nineteenth century.
Audience Probably those interested in art
Purpose To depict and perhaps celebrate everyday life

Historical Significance

Pennsylvania had the young nation's most democratic government during the Revolutionary War, and the proportion of its citizens who voted grew in the following decades. By 1815, when this painting was made, election days had become a time of great public displays and spectacles.

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