"I AM smiling!": Carrie Nation © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Carrie Amelia Nation was someone you didn't want to provoke, especially if you were a thirsty little man sitting in a saloon in Kansas in the early 1900s. She weighed in at about 180 lb., stood over 6 feet and wielded a hatchet as she stormed, screaming into saloons, breaking up the kegs and glasses of booze. She was the leader of a band of women who were the shock troops of what later became known as the Women's Christian Temperance Union. To make her name fit her self-appointed role in society, she changed the spelling to Carry A. Nation and she was jailed numerous times for disturbing the peace and wanton destruction of private property. Her first marriage to an alcoholic set the scene for her career and role as "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what he doesn't like," as she described herself. There were many stunned saloon patrons who would agree with that description.

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