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As America moved to the cities traditions were changed or altered Thesealterations included womens interests and their challenge to Americas traditional values One such woman was Carry Amelia Moore Nation The daughter of George and MaryCampbell Moore was born on November 25 1846 in Garrard County Kentucky Aformidable woman nearly 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds she dressed in stark blackand white clothing She was enrolled in Warrensburg Normal Institute and afterreceiving a teaching certificate taught school in Holden Missouri for four years In 1877she married David Nation a lawyer newspaperman and sometime minister in theThe Nations moved to Texas in 1879 and settled on a cotton plantation on the SanBernard River near Houston After they failed to make the plantation a success Carrysupported the family by managing a hotel in Columbia The eventual sale of theplantation enabled them to buy a hotel in Richmond which Carry ran with sporadicassistance from her husband who practiced law and corresponded for the Houston PostAs a child she had undergone a dramatic conversion at a revival meeting and during herstay in Texas she had numerous mystic experiences She came to believe that she hadbeen elected by God and that she spoke through divine inspiration After the Methodistand Episcopal churches barred her from teaching in their Sunday schools she started herown weekly class in the hotel David Nation also became involved in theJaybird-Woodpecker War after he denounced the Jaybirds in an article for the HoustonPost To escape assaults and intimidation the Nations moved in 1889 to Medicine LodgeKansas where David became pastor of the Christian Church In Kansas as in Texas Mrs Nation was known for her charity to the poorHaving been a drunkards wife herself she was especially moved by drink-relatedpoverty But her fanatical views and eccentric behavior made her unpopular and theabrasiveness of her exhortations to righteousness provoked the Christian Church to expelher from membership In 1892 she joined the Baptist ministers wife in Medicine Lodgein
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