Today in History–December 27–the Library of Congress features temperance zealot Carrie Nation, who smashed the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas on this day in 1900. Abandoning the nonviolent agitation of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Nation argued that destroying saloons was an acceptable way to battle the liquor trade. To learn more about why Nation and many other 19th-century women were against the sale of alcohol, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access all types of primary sources related to Carrie Nation and temperance.
Temperance song recordings
Temperance Talk (periodical)
Ruined by Rum (1877 book)
The Bases of the Temperance Reform (1873 book)
Text-book of Temperance (1869)
Temperance background info & primary source texts (California State University Northridge)