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Topics in Chronicling America - Carrie Nation, "Saloon Smasher" and Temperance Lecturer

"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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Important Dates:

  • December 27, 1900: Carrie Nation is jailed for smashing a nude painting and mirror in a Wichita saloon.
  • January 1901: Carrie makes headlines as a "Saloon Smasher" and a temperance lecturer over the next 10 years.
  • June 9, 1911: Carrie dies in a Leavenworth sanatorium.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Carrie Nation, saloon smasher, temperance, home defenders
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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