Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Minnie Fisher Cunningham : A Suffragist's Life in Politics

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Minnie Fisher Cunningham was Texas's most important female political activist. After directing Texas's womans suffrage campaign, she helped establish the National League of Women Voters and the Woman's National Democratic Club. After an unsuccessful attempt to gain election to the US Senate, Cunningham evolved into a left feminist, increasingly aware that women could be oppressed by class and race as well as by gender. A leader of the post-1945 Texas liberal movement, she inspired a generation of young women, including Liz Carpenter and Billie Carr. This is the first biography of the lifelong politician affectionately known as Minnie Fish.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195122151
  • 9780195122152

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Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith have told the Minnie Fisher Cunningham saga with political sophistication and in sufficient detail to illuminate a century of political life in Texas and the country as a whole . For this deeply researched, generous, tough-minded biography, we are indebted to Ms. McArthur and Mr. Smith, who have esurrected a woman of whom Texans can be inordinately proud. * The Dallas Morning News * excellently written and well-documented biography . . . . a welcome and substantive contribution to the study of women's political activism in the fight for state and federal suffrage laws. * H-Net * A seamless, well-organized, and thoroughly researched political biography of Minnie Fisher Cunningham... this work is thoroughly grounded in twentieth-century state and national history-politics, reform, race relations, labor issues, war and economic depression, and women's movements. This is the book's most impressive and edifying achievement. * The Journal of American History * An important and timely book that not only advances understanding of twentieth-century Texas political history, an understudied period, but also speaks to significant debates about women's political endeavors in the years between suffrage and the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Cunningham's life story demonstrates that feminist activism did not disappear so much as it assumed alternative forms. * Nancy Beck Young, McKendree College *show more

About Judith N. McArthur

Judith McArthur and Harold Smith are both professors of history at the University of Houston, Victoriashow more

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