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Small white "Home Defender" button worn by a resident of Topeka, Kansas. Followers of Carry A. Nation, a devout Christian and nationally recognized temperance advocate wore these buttons. Nation, a resident of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, achieved infamy for attacking saloons with a hatchet to discourage drinking. She was frequently jailed for vandalism. She considered a home defender to be anyone who fought to protect his or her home from the ravages of alcohol. Those that shared Nation's temperance sentiment were encouraged to wear these buttons signaling their allegiance. In 1901, Nation herself donated this pin to the Kansas Historical Society.

Date: 1898

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Item Number: 224699
KSHS Identifier: 1901.8.1

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