Glass Hatchet, "Carrie Nation Wyer", 1913


By her own account, temperance reformer Carry A. Nation used rocks, a sledgehammer borrowed from a blacksmith, and a bar room billiard ball to destroy five Kansas saloons—before she took up a hatchet to destroy a Wichita, Kansas, saloon on December 27, 1900. Saloons were illegal under Kansas state law, but tolerated by officials. Explaining her choice of weapon, Nation recalled that the state’s “liquor interests” had nothing to fear from the usual temperance advocates, “but they were not prepared for a furious woman and a hatchet.” Her saloon smashings became known as “hatchetations”—a play on words coined by the publicity-savvy Nation.

Date Made: 1913Associated Date: 1913

General Subject Association: Women's History


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.0520.02Accession Number: 1979.0520Catalog Number: 1979.0520.02

Object Name: Hatchet

Physical Description: colorless (overall color)glass, transparent (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 3/8 in; 8.255 cm x 15.875 cm x .9525 cm


Record Id: nmah_516633

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