2005 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection
“A needed and welcome account of Carry Nation’s story . . . deserves the highest praise.” —Journal of American History
“Admirably interweaves early 20th-century religious culture, regional politics, the suffrage and temperance movements, and the woman who worked zealously to unite them all.” —Library Journal (starred review)
In her well-received biography of Carry A. Nation, Fran Grace unfolds a story that often contrasts with the common public image of Nation as “Crazy Carry,” a bellicose, blue-nosed, man-hating killjoy. Using newly available archival materials and placing Nation in her various historical and cultural contexts, Grace “retells” the crusader’s tumultuous life. This complexly woven and delightfully written biography begins the work of recovering Nation’s often fascinating, often disturbing life.
Religion in North America—Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein, editors