Carrie Nation (1846-1911) was a radical of the temperance movement or the move to ban achohal before Prohibition. At almost 6 ft tall and 175 pounds she described herself as “A bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what he doesn’t like”.
Though a very difficult figure to understand, for Nation herself most likely suffered from mental problems like her mother who thought she was the Queen of England. She is most famous for her attacks against achohal. Part of the reason, Nation was against achohal was she believed her first husbands drinking caused her daughter emotional problems.
Part of her protest would include greeting bartenders with the greeting “Good morning destroyer of men’s souls”. She with other protestors would also sing hymns outside of bars and saloons. In 1900 she was convinced that God had told her to go to Kiowa, Kansas and take something to smash things with. She then went into 3 saloons with rocks, bottles and billiard balls shouting “Men I have come to save your drunkards fate”. Shortly after a tornado hit the state, which Nation believed to be divine approval for her actions.
She would later attack 30 more bars violently, once using a wooden club and iron bar to destroy a provocative painting. She would even invade the chambers of the Governor of Kansas. She was a radical who truely believed the violence she was doing was right.
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