While wielding a hatchet, Carrie "Saloon Wrecker" Nation promoted the temperance movement in the early 1900s. This guide provides access to material related to “Carrie Nation” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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"Saloon-wrecker" Carrie Nation barrels through Kansas bars wielding a hatchet in the name of temperance. Run out and beaten by locals, Nation landed in thirteen jails across the state but stubbornly continued her violent assault of saloons. In 1903 she laid down her hatchet and continued her work more peacefully, speaking across the country for the temperance movement until her death in 1911. Read more about it!
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December 27, 1900
Carrie Nation is jailed for smashing a nude painting and mirror in a Wichita saloon.
Carrie makes headlines as a "Saloon Smasher" and a temperance lecturer over the next 10 years.