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Why This Woman Destroyed Bars...Using a Hatchet

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Why This Woman Destroyed Bars...Using a Hatchet

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Between 1900 and 1910, Carrie Nation of the Women's Christian Temperance Union was arrested over 30 times. Her crime? Walking into bars and smashing up barrels of booze with her hatchet.

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After decades of decrying liquor and its corrosive impact on American culture, the Prohibition Party got their wish in 1919 when the 18th Amendment took effect, banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol. The ban was almost unenforceable from day one. The "Lost Generation" flocked to speakeasies, moonshine was made at home, corruption infected every level of the government, and gangsters grew in wealth and power. Witness the early days of Prohibition and the violent events that sent it careening towards its final days.

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