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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

Jim Fergus is field editor and monthly columnist for Sports Afield magazine and also writes a monthly feature on the AllOutdoors.com web site. His work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers, and he is also the author A Hunter's Road, a work of nonfiction.

One Thousand White Women is a widely celebrated debut novel that will appeal equally to students of American history and historical fiction. Here is the story of one May Dodd, who in 1875under the auspices of the U.S. governmentled a colorful assembly of pioneer women westward to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the Grant administration, was intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world.

This novel approaches that telling yet little-remembered chapter of American history in a "splendid, fresh, engaging, [and] strikingly original" manner (Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall). Throughout the book, Fergus "is gifted in his ability to portray the perceptions and emotions of women. He writes with tremendous insight and sensitivity about the individual community [of would-be brides] and the political and religious issues of the time, many of which are still relevant today. This book is artistically rendered with meticulous attention to small details that bring to life the daily concerns of a group of hardy souls at a pivotal time in U.S. history" (Booklist).

"A most impressive novel that melds the physical world to the spiritual. One Thousand White Women is engaging, entertaining, well-written, and well-told. It will be widely read for a long time, as will the rest of Jim Fergus's work."Rick Bass, author of Where the Sea Used to Be

"Jim Fergus knows his country in a way that's evocative of Dee Brown and all the other great writers of the American West and its native peoples. But One Thousand White Women is more than a chronicle of the Old West. It's a superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph that leaves the reader waiting to turn the next page and then wonderfully wrung out at the end."Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

"The best writing transports readers to another time and place, so that when they reluctantly close the book, they are astonished to find themselves returned to their everyday lives. One Thousand White Women is such a book. Jim Fergus so skillfully envelopes us in the heart and mind of the main character, May Dodd, that we weep when she mourns, we shake our fist at anyone who tries to sway her course, and our hearts pound when she is in danger."The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

"In a word One Thousand White Women is terrific! What Jim Fergus has done within these pages is give life and voice to an aspect of the American West and its native peoples that has been, if not covered up, too long overlooked. It is a tremendous achievement by a remarkable writer."David Seybold, editor of Boats and Fathers and Sons

"Jim Fergus's powerful first novel is a surefire winner. I read it nonstop and would now like to propose a hundred-year moratorium on all books about white women in the Old West, since it will take the rest of us at least that long to amass the researchnot to mention the compassionneeded to equal this fine work. A masterful job!"Robert F. Jones, author of Tie My Bones to Her Back

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"This is a rich, beautifully conceived, rollicking novel, literally bursting with original characters and with the profound joy and heartbreak of the real history of the American West. May Dodd may be the most compellingly alive fictional character of that history since Little Big Man."Charles Gaines, author of A Family Place

Synopsis:

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial Brides for Indians program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

Synopsis:

Based on an actual historical event, "One Thousand White Women" tells the story--in diary and letter form--of a young woman, who in 1875, travels to the American West to marry Little Wolf, the chief of the Cheyenne nation.

About the Author

Jim Fergus is field editor and monthly columnist for sports Afield magazine and also writes a monthly feature on the AllOutdoors.com Web site. His work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers, and he is the author of the nonfiction book A Hunter's Road. He lives in northern Colorado.

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L Jean, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by L Jean)
Many people who have read this book thought it was true. I can see why. The idea for the book was true - that an Indian chief would be so far-thinking is very interesting. He knew what was happening to the Indians and tried to save his race. The women in this book were strong - and very unique.
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Curtis Martin, July 6, 2012 (view all comments by Curtis Martin)
I was intrigued by the true event that sparked the idea behind this story. An Indian Chief thought that a marital exchange would help bridge the gap between the Native-American and White cultures. The exchange never happened, but it is still a good idea. Inter-racial, international, inter-religous or intercultural exchange marriages could go a long way toward bringing peace in the world. (I'm speaking from my personal experience in a mixed race and international family.) What I thought was interesting was the way the white women were assimilated into the tribal culture of their husbands. The husbands also were forced to grow and change their ways to accomodate their new, white wives. I've read a couple of other Jim Fergus books, but this is my favorite.
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kiwigrower, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by kiwigrower)
This was a book club selection that I was reluctant to read, but I absolutely loved it. It is the story of a fictional government "mail order bride" program to the Cheyenne tribe in the mid nineteenth century told in the form of the journal of one of the brides. It is well researched, fascinating, and emotionally charged with its exploration of bigotry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312199432
Introduction:
Dodd, J. Will
Author:
Dodd, J. Will
Introduction by:
Dodd, J. Will
Introduction:
Dodd, J. Will
Author:
Fergus, Jim
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Women pioneers
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Cheyenne Indians
Subject:
Interracial marriage
Subject:
Diary fiction
Subject:
Cheyenne Indians -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.46 x 1.28 in

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"Synopsis" by , One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial Brides for Indians program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

"Synopsis" by , Based on an actual historical event, "One Thousand White Women" tells the story--in diary and letter form--of a young woman, who in 1875, travels to the American West to marry Little Wolf, the chief of the Cheyenne nation.
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