One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 1999-02-15
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
An inside look at the shameful history of our country against the first people of this land. At times touching and brutal. Always the women make the difference.
In this semi-historical fiction novel, a group of misfit women volunteer to go West to become the brides to the Cheyenne Indians in 1875.My sole regret is that I was unable to be present when the family was notified of the circumstances of my “escape” from the “prison” from which you had all conspir...
One Thousand White Women is a scary title. It makes me think of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. All these zombified women walking across the plains looking for Indians to chomp on assimilate. In way, I think my alternate history story is not as farfetched as Fergus' story, but I digress. The t...
Jim Fergus’ One Thousand White Women follows May Dodd and a motley crew of women from her incarceration in a Chicago insane asylum where she had been committed for falling in love with a man beneath her station, to the prairies of the Nebraska Territory as part of President Ulysses S. Grant’s “Bride...
This was a very good book. It is the fictional story of the Cheyenne Indians requesting 1,000 white women from President Grant. The Cheyenne wanted to have children with the white women in order to have their children be accepted by white people. The government hoped that the brides would help th...