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Who was Carrie Nation?


Born in Kentucky in 1846, Carrie Amelia Nation was an American temperance reformer who became famous in the first years of the 20th century for marching into bars, armed with a hatchet, and smashing up everything she could find there.


Born in Kentucky in 1846, Carrie Amelia Nation was an American temperance reformer who became famous in the first years of the 20th century for marching into bars, armed with a hatchet, and smashing up everything she could find there.

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Six-foot-tall, 15-stone Carrie undertook dozens of what she called ‘hatchetations’ throughout the Midwest, usually accompanied by a posse of hymn-singing female supporters. Opening with the remark, “Men, I have come to save you from a drunkard’s fate”, she would set about demolishing the bar’s fixtures, fittings and stock and continue her assault until she was arrested.

She died in 1911, eight years before the 18th amendment to the US constitution attempted to impose the Prohibition for which she had fought so valiantly.

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Answered by: Nick Rennison