The date and subject of Twenty Thousand Majority remain something of a mystery. Story probably painted it in the early 1880's and it may refer to a specific national election. The particularly close and disputed elections of 1876 (between Hayes and Tilden) and 1884 (between Blaine and Cleveland) are likely possibilities, assuming, that is, that Twenty Thousand Majority was the painting's original title. While the name of the newspaper cannot be deciphered, the location of this scene is a rural, probably a New England, general store and post office, where a collection of Yankee types has assembled to hear the latest news. Two characters may hold the key to unraveling the story: the unhappy listener in the top hat, and the uniformed young boy who reaches for a drum.