Posted: August 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

carrie nation

watching prohibition, and the bit about temperance leader carrie nation is bonkers. some background from wikipedia:

Nation gathered several rocks – “smashers”, she called them – and proceeded to Dobson’s Saloon on June 7. Announcing “Men, I have come to save you from a drunkard’s fate,” she began to destroy the saloon’s stock with her cache of rocks. … Alone or accompanied by hymn-singing women she would march into a bar, and sing and pray while smashing bar fixtures and stock with a hatchet. Her actions often did not include other people, just herself. Between 1900 and 1910 she was arrested some 30 times for “hatchetations,” as she came to call them.

some quotes from prohibition:

After she was jailed for destroying a saloon:
“You put me in here a cub, but I will go out a roaring lion, and I will make all hell howl.”

To the ladies of the Topeka WTCU who distanced themselves from her methods:
“I tell you ladies, you don’t know how much joy you will have, until you begin to smash, smash, smash.”

To the governor of Kansas, who implored her to stop:
“She told him if he didn’t enforce the law, she had no choice. ‘You are a woman,’ he said, ‘and a woman must know a woman’s place.’ She walked out of his office and called for a hatchetation.”

(photo courtesy of the kansas historical foundation)

(eerie resemblance to patton oswalt)

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