Nation, Carry (Amelia)


Nation, Carry (Amelia)

biographical name


Carry Nation.—Brown Brothers

(born Nov. 25, 1846, Garrard county, Ky., U.S.—died June 9, 1911, Leavenworth, Kan.) U.S. temperance advocate. Though she held a teaching certificate, her education was intermittent. In 1867 she married a young physician but soon left him because of his alcoholism. In 1877 she married David Nation, a lawyer, who would divorce her for desertion in 1901. After a 1890 U.S. Supreme Court decision weakened the prohibition laws of Kansas, where she was living, she joined the temperance movement; she came to believe that the unlawfulness of saloons meant they could be destroyed with impunity. A tall and heavy woman, she would march alone or with hymn-singing supporters into saloons and sing, pray, and shout while she smashed their fixtures and stock with a hatchet. Jailed many times, she paid her fines with proceeds from her lectures and sales of souvenir hatchets.


Nation, Carry (Amelia) orig. Carry Moore

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