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Minnie Fisher Cunningham : a suffragist's life in politics / Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith.

By: McArthur, Judith N.
Contributor(s): Smith, Harold L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003Description: xiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0195122151 (acid-free paper); 9780195122152 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882-1964 | Women politicians -- United States -- Biography | Politicians -- United States -- Biography | Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 -- Friends and associates | Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Women politicians -- Texas -- Biography | Women -- Political activity -- Texas -- History -- 20th century | Women -- Suffrage -- Texas -- History | Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 | Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951-DDC classification: 976.4/062/092 | B
Contents:
A daughter of the New South -- The rise of a public woman -- Suffrage first -- Washington lobbyist and national leader -- In league with women voters -- Woman citizen and democratic partisan -- "Too gallant a walk"?: Running for the Senate, 1928 -- A woman's new deal / At war with the Texas regulars, 1944-1946 -- Left feminism, 1947-1964.
Review: "The principal orchestrator of the passage of women's suffrage in Texas, a founder and national officer of the League of Women Voters, the first woman to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas, and a candidate for that state's governorship, Minnie Fisher Cunningham was one of the first American women to pursue a career in party politics. Cunningham's professional life spanned a half century, thus illuminating our understanding of women in public life between the Progressive Era and the 1960s feminist movement. Cunningham's upbringing in rural Texas made her particularly aware of the political needs of farmers, women, union labor, and minorities, and she fought gender, class, and racial discrimination within a conservative power structure."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A daughter of the New South -- The rise of a public woman -- Suffrage first -- Washington lobbyist and national leader -- In league with women voters -- Woman citizen and democratic partisan -- "Too gallant a walk"?: Running for the Senate, 1928 -- A woman's new deal / At war with the Texas regulars, 1944-1946 -- Left feminism, 1947-1964.

"The principal orchestrator of the passage of women's suffrage in Texas, a founder and national officer of the League of Women Voters, the first woman to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas, and a candidate for that state's governorship, Minnie Fisher Cunningham was one of the first American women to pursue a career in party politics. Cunningham's professional life spanned a half century, thus illuminating our understanding of women in public life between the Progressive Era and the 1960s feminist movement. Cunningham's upbringing in rural Texas made her particularly aware of the political needs of farmers, women, union labor, and minorities, and she fought gender, class, and racial discrimination within a conservative power structure."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

Popularly known as Minnie Fish, the subject of this biography was one of the most important political actors of 20th-century Texas. A natural organizer, she moved from involvement in local women's club work to participation and then leadership in the state's woman's suffrage movement. After the vote was attained, she worked with national organizations such as the League of Women Voters and the Women's National Democratic League and ran for the U.S. Senate and governor of Texas. Over the years, she fought sexual, economic, and racial discrimination and inspired generations of women to take an active role in politics. University of Houston, Victoria, professors McArthur (Creating the New Woman: The Rise of Southern Women's Progressive Culture in Texas, 1893-1918) and Smith (British Women's Suffrage Campaign, 1866-1928) have based their work on sound scholarship, drawing on a wide selection of primary sources to produce a readable text. They offer some new interpretations of political events in which Cunningham played a significant but hitherto unacknowledged role. Nevertheless, the book's main value is its being the only biography of this significant Texan. For academic libraries and collections focusing on women's political activity and Texas politics.-Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This political biography explores local politics and one woman's experiences in the latter stages of the suffrage movement in Texas and nationally as well as her transition after 1920 into work for the nonpartisan League of Women voters and the Democratic Party. Minnie Fisher Cunningham kept her personal life hidden. She used her considerable political skills to ensure survival of the liberal voice in Texas, including advocating for minority rights when it was not popular to do so. Cunningham's story broadens our understanding of women's post-suffrage activity in political parties and the importance of women to local politics--and local politics to women. Much of the book focuses on Texas politics and a dizzying array of acronyms. But the broader story is instructive, exploring the challenges of being "feminine" enough to be accepted in male political circles, but "unfeminine" enough to be heard. McArthur and Smith (both, history, University of Houston-Victoria) explore the complexity of many issues that resonate beyond Texas, including why Cunningham rejected the "male" (aggressive) campaign style. She lost bids for the US Senate in 1928 and governor in 1944. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and libraries. C. A. Kanes Maine College of Art

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Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith teach at the University of Houston -- Victoria.

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