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October 21, 1844

Broadside 1844 .D385 FF, Special Collections, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Democratic Party Political Rally Was Held in Wytheville

This political meeting was called to encourage voters to choose James Knox Polk (1795–1849) and George Mifflin Dallas (1792–1864) for the presidency and vice presidency of the United States in the 1844 election. This advertisement especially invited women to the rally. By the 1840s women were increasingly attending political events. After this function, Wytheville Whigs complained that the Democrats had insulted the women present by serving alcohol. Women did not gain the right to vote in Virginia until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.