I planned my regular Tuesday post on Pre-temperance forebearer, Carrie A. Nation, who later changed her name to Carry A. Nation after her divorce from her second husband. But Rob beat my to it by several years. So Tuesday’s post will even be a surprise for me. Enjoy!
Take it away Rob.
Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), had a Moore punny name than any of us can ever dream of having. But there was nothing funny (haha at least not in the traditional sense – she may have been “funny peculiar”) about the self-proclaimed “anti-souse queen.”
Don’t know what that means? Well, to sum it up succinctly, she hated alcohol, and people who drank it. After her first husband died of alcoholism in 1869, Nation began a journey which would lead to her becoming the most famous member of the pre-Prohibition temperance movement.
Believing she had been given a divine ordination to destroy bars and their contents, Nation embarked on a multi-state mission to raid pubs, destroy their fixtures, and demolish their libations, while simultaneously singing hymns and saying prayers. Originally using rocks in these efforts, Nation switched to using hatchets…
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