As America moved to the cities traditions were changed or altered. These
alterations included women’s interests and their challenge to America’s traditional values.
One such woman was Carry Amelia Moore Nation. The daughter of George and Mary
(Campbell) Moore, was born on November 25, 1846, in Garrard County, Kentucky. A
formidable woman, nearly 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds, she dressed in stark black
and white clothing. She was enrolled in Warrensburg Normal Institute and, after
receiving a teaching certificate, taught school in Holden, Missouri, for four years. In 1877
she married David Nation, a lawyer, newspaperman, and sometime minister in the
The Nations moved to Texas in 1879 and settled on a cotton plantation on the San
Bernard River near Houston. After they failed to make the plantation a success, Carry
supported the family by managing a hotel in Columbia. The eventual sale of the
plantation enabled them to buy ...