One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1) (Paperback)

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Mary Dodd is among 1000 women who journey west as brides for
the Cheyenne.  The story supposes that
Cheyenne Chief Little Wolf suggests to President Ulysses Grant the two cultures
could reach peace more easily with a common bond.  Little Wolf proposes trading 1000 good
Cheyenne horses for 1000 white women. 
The President does not want the publicity that would ensue, but does see
the merit in assimilation of the Indians. 
The US Government begins a Brides for Indians program where women can
volunteer to be given as brides, often those women were inmates of prisons and
asylums.  Mary Dodd was incarcerated in
an asylum by her wealthy family; she is eager to regain her freedom and accepts
the offer with alacrity.  It is an
interesting premise.

— Deon Stonehouse


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.

About the Author

Jim Fergus is the author of One Thousand White Women, The Sporting Road, A Hunter’s Road and Wild Girl. His articles and essays have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Newsday, The Paris Review, Esquire, Sports Afield, and Field & Stream. Fergus was born in Chicago and attended Colorado College. He worked as a teaching tennis professional before becoming a full-time freelance writer. He lives in southern Arizona.

Praise For…

“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 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 page and 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 envelops us in the heart and mind of his 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.” —Colorado Springs Gazette

“An impressive historical...terse, convincing, and affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312199432
ISBN-10: 0312199430
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 15th, 1999
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: One Thousand White Women Series