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As America moved to the cities traditions were changed or altered These alterations included womens interests and their challenge to Americas 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 Christian Church 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 a hotel in Richmond which Carry ran with sporadic assistance from her husband who practiced law and corresponded for the Houston Post As a child she had undergone a dramatic conversion at a revival meeting and during her stay in Texas she had numerous mystic experiences She came to believe that she had been elected by God and that she spoke through divine inspiration After the Methodist and Episcopal churches barred her from teaching in their Sunday schools she started her own weekly class in the hotel David Nation also became involved in the Jaybird-Woodpecker War after he denounced the Jaybirds in an article for the Houston Post To escape assaults and intimidation the Nations moved in 1889 to Medicine Lodge Kansas where David became pastor of the Christian Church In Kansas as in Texas Mrs Nation was known for her charity to the poor Having been a drunkards wife herself she was especially moved by drink-related poverty But her fanatical views and eccentric behavior made her unpopular
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