A Southern Family in White & Black : The Cuneys of Texas (Texas a and M Southwestern Studies)

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A Southern Family in White & Black : The Cuneys of Texas (Texas a and M Southwestern Studies)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 192 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781585442003
  • DDC分類 B

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Most Texas history books name Norris Wright Cuney as one of the most influential African American politicians in nineteenth-century Texas, but they tell little about him beyond his elected positions. In The Cuneys, Douglas Hales places Cuney in the context of his family's generations and of his tumultous times. Norris Wright Cuney's father, Philip, a wealthy, politically active plantation owner and slaveholder in Austin County, fathered eight slave children whom he later freed and saw educated. Here, Hales explores how and why he differed from other planters of his time and place. Hales then turns to the better-known Norris Wright Cuney, who, after Reconstruction, led the Texas Republican Party during those turbulent years and worked tirelessly for African American education and equal opportunity. Norris Wright Cuney's daughter, Maud, became actively involved in the racial uplift movement of the early twentieth century. Hales illuminates her role in the intellectual and political "awakening" of black America that culminated in the Harlem Renaissance. Through these three members of a single mixed-race family, Hales's work adds an important chapter to the history of Texas, the South, and African Americans.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Politician and Slaveholder 3 (12)
Philip Cuney
Labor and Civic Leader 15 (25)
Norris Wright Cuney
Political Education, 1869--83 40 (20)
New Leader of the Party 60 (17)
Party and Patronage 77 (17)
Education and Marriage 94 (14)
Norris Wright Cuney
Musician, Director, Writer 108 (30)
Maud Cuney-Hare
Conclusion 138 (5)
Notes 143 (20)
Bibliography 163 (6)
Index 169