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Home Defender button

Home Defender button
Date: 1898
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.

No Saloon button

No Saloon button
Creator: St. Louis Button Company
Date: between 1905 and 1915
Red and white metal "No Saloon" button with celluloid cover. This small button was produced as part the Prohibition movement of the early 20th Century. Organizations like the Anti-Saloon League of America used these buttons to promote their cause. The St Louis Button Company manufactured this button in St Louis, Missouri.

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