An illustration of Carry Nation, with a hatchet in one arm and an open book in the other.

Carry A. Nation

Episode #73

2017-08-18 23:09:11


At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and “the apostle of reform violence.” A radical member of the temperance movement, Carrie Nation was known for attacking saloons, bars, and pubs with a hatchet engraved with name. In her own words, she was “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.”

We liked her hatchet pins so much, we thought we’d try to make some of our own. They say “CRIMINAL” on the handle. Get yours here.

Thanks to everyone at the Kansas State Historical Society, and to Maya Goldberg-Safir.