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Minnie Fisher CunninghamA Suffragist's Life in Politics$
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Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304862.001.0001

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A Daughter Of The New South

A Daughter Of The New South

(p.8) 1 A Daughter Of The New South
Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Judith N. McArthur

Harold L. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches Minnie Fisher Cunningham's early years in New Waverly (Walker County) in East Texas during the 1880s and 1890s, as the New South emerged from the economic devastation of the Civil War. The struggle of her once prosperous parents to make a living at cotton farming marked her deeply; she also witnessed the agrarian unrest that culminated in the Populist movement, and the conservative backlash that disfranchised African Americans and poor whites. Although frustrated in her desire to study medicine, Cunningham became one of her generation's most educated and independent New Women. She was one of the earliest female graduates (1901) of the new pharmacy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and practiced briefly until her marriage in 1902.

Keywords:   East Texas, New South, cotton farming, Populist movement, pharmacy education, New Woman

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