Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life

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Carry A. NationRetelling the Life

Fran Grace

The story of one of America's most notorious and misunderstood women.

Carry Nation was 54 when she ""smashed"" her first saloon, but her life before she started her infamous hatchet crusade has been little known until now. In this first scholarly biography of Nation, Fran Grace unfolds a story that often contrasts with the image of Nation as ""Crazy Carry,"" a bellicose, blue-nosed, man-hating killjoy. Using newly available archival materials and placing Nation in her various historical and cultural contexts, Grace ""retells"" the crusader's tumultuous life.

Brought up in antebellum Kentucky, Nation lived through the devastation of the Civil War and endured a failed marriage to an alcoholic physician. In her early 20s, a single mother and a destitute widow, she experienced a spiritual crisis. Her second marriage, to a much-older David Nation, grew strained under the failure of their Texas farm, her exploration into Holiness religion, and her attempts to work outside the home. When the couple moved to Kansas, Nation's disappointments translated into an agenda for social reform. Frustrated by the rampant violations of the state's prohibition law and empowered by a sense of divine mission, Nation responded with rocks, crowbars, and hatchets. Though much of her last two decades was spent on stage or in jail and in battles with other family members over the future of her unstable adult daughter, she edited two newspapers and founded several homes for abused and needy women.

This complexly woven and delightfully written biography adds depth to the popular image of Carry Nation, situating her at the center of major cultural currents in her time.

Fran Grace is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Redlands.

Religion in North AmericaCatherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein, editors

May 2001400 pages, 57 b&w photos, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index, append.cloth 0-253-33846-8 $35.00 s / 26.50

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About the Author:

Fran Grace is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Redlands in Redlands California, where she teaches courses in U.S. religious history, meditation, women's studies, the history of Christianity, religion and hate, and issues in modern religion.

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This landmark biography of a much maligned and misunderstood figure will be welcomed by those interested in the history of women, reform and religion in 19th- and 20th-century America. Early biographers dismissed the axe-wielding temperance reformer as crazy, fanatical, undersexed, oversexed or menopausal; University of Redlands religious studies professor Grace makes clear that the story was far more complicated, and much less Freudian, than that. The book is worth the price of admission simply because of Grace's admirable detective work; she draws on an immense body of primary sources that earlier scholars never bothered to tap. But the biography's most important contribution is Grace's insistence that Nation can't be understood without delving into her piety. Reared by Campbellite parents, Nation, who called herself a "bulldog of Jesus," also drew on Holiness religion, the Salvation Army, Catholicism and Methodism. The biography, however, is not flawless. Grace too often sets up historiographic straw men, and her self-conscious positioning of herself as a feminist historian who is recovering Nation from the condescension of male historians is tiring; she should have made this point once in the introduction and then let her work speak for itself. The flashes of polish in Grace's prose (Nation "carved her way into the twentieth century") balance out less felicitous academese (e.g., the term "genderalities"). In all, this is a worthy portrait of the notorious smasher.

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Descripción Indiana University Press. Hardback. Estado de conservación: new. BRAND NEW, Carry a Nation: Retelling the Life, Frank Grace, Catherine L. Albanese, Stephen J. Stein, Carry Nation was fifty-four when she "smashed" her first saloon. But we have known very little about what her life was like before she started her infamous hatchet crusade - until now. In this first-ever scholarly biography of Nation, Fran Grace unfolds a story that often contrasts with the common public image of Nation as "Crazy Carry," a bellicose, blue-nosed, man-hating killjoy. Using newly available archival materials and placing Nation in her various historical and cultural contexts, Grace "retells" the crusader's tumultuous life. The book narrates Nation's upbringing in antebellum Kentucky, the family's devastation after the Civil War, and her passionate romance and disappointing marriage with alcoholic physician, Charles Gloyd.By her early twenties, Nation was already a single mother and destitute widow. This experience threw her into a spiritual crisis that was only partly resolved when she married a much older David Nation. Their correspondence indicates it was a marriage of convenience. He needed a homemaker and she needed a provider. They were both disappointed. Marital tensions increased over their farm failure in Texas, her exploration into Holiness religion, and her necessary work outside of the home as a hotel manager, osteopath and preacher. When they moved to Kansas, an eruptive and radical place during the 1890s, Nation's personal disappointments were translated into an agenda for social reform by popular movements such as Populism, women's suffrage, and temperance.Frustrated by the rampant violations against the state's prohibition law and empowered by her sense of divine mission, she responded with rocks, crowbars, and hatchets. The apex of her hatchet movement was the 1901 Topeka crusade, after which David Nation divorced her on the grounds of desertion. Carry Nation spent her last two decades performing on multiple stages, serving sentences in various jails, battling other family members over the future of her unstable adult daughter, editing two newspapers, and founding several homes for battered, elderly and/or teenage women. This complexly woven and delightfully written biography restores a robustness to Nation's character that is lacking in the popular image of her. Nº de ref. de la librería B9780253338464

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