Titel: Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragist's Life in Politics
Autor/en: Judith N. McArthur, Harold L. Smith
OXFORD UNIV PR
Oktober 2005 - kartoniert - 296 Seiten
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 governor, 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 entered politics through the suffrage movement and women's voluntary association work for health and sanitation in Galveston, Texas. She quickly became one of the most effective state suffrage leaders, helping to pass the bill in a region where opposition to women voters was strongest.
In Washington, Cunningham was one of the core group of suffragists who lobbied the Nineteenth Amendment through Congress and then traveled the country campaigning for ratification. After women gained the right to vote across the nation, she helped found the nonpartisan National League of Women
Voters and organized training schools to teach women the skills of grassroots organizing, creating publicity campaigns, and lobbying and monitoring legislative bodies. Through the League, she became acquainted with Eleanor Roosevelt, who credited one of her speeches with stimulating her own
Cunningham then turned to the Democratic Party, serving as an officer of the Woman's National Democratic Club and the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee. In 1928 Cunningham became a candidate herself, making an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. An advocateof New Deal
reforms, Cunningham was part of the movement in the 1930s to transform the Democratic Party into the women's party, and in 1944 she ran for governor on a pro-New Deal platform.
Cunningham's upbringing in rural Texas made her particularly aware of the poli
Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith teach at the University of Houston-Victoria. McArthur is the author of Creating the New Woman: The Rise of Southern Women's Progressive Culture in Texas and Smith is the author of The British Women's Suffrage Campaign, 1866-1928.
."..far more than just another biography about a progressive clubwoman turned suffragette."--East Texas Historical Association
"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."--Southern Historical Quarterly
"Minnie Fisher Cunningham is 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. McArthur and Smith's elegantly written and throughly researched book should gain a wide readership from scholars of political history and of the feminist movement."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly