WCTU Hatchet, around 1910

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Description
Though distancing themselves from Carry A. Nation’s “hatchetations,” the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and other organizations could hardly ignore the hatchet as a symbol of teetotaling activism and popular engagement. Somewhat at odds with this message, this wooden WCTU hatchet’s head is decorated with the emblem of a box turtle, an icon of dryly unexcitable endurance.
associated date
1904
associated person
Swallow, Silas Comfort
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 12 in x 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 30.48 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
PL.323503.01
catalog number
323503.01
accession number
323503
subject
Women's History
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Political History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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