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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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“The Interest Has Never Lagged”: African American Women and the Black Community

“The Interest Has Never Lagged”: African American Women and the Black Community

(p.228) 8 “The Interest Has Never Lagged”: African American Women and the Black Community
Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the progressive movement of black women during the Progressive Era. Many historians have portrayed it as progressive for whites only. However, black women created their own progressive movement that is now only being discovered with the mining of African American sources. A young man in 1865 came to Galveston started it all. He came to Galveston to find his place in the commercial life of Texas. Norris Wright Cuney became a beacon for many who hoped to find peace, security and prosperity as freed people. However, his death brought a demise between the white and black communities. The example that Cuney and his family provided Galveston cut two ways: integrity knew no color line but it cannot prevent one from suffering indignities. Neither black and white women left much evidence of recognizing the other. Interracial communication among women in Galveston would have to wait a bit longer.

Keywords:   progressive movement, black women, Progressive Era, African American, Galveston, Norris Wright Cuney

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