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One Thousand White Women (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Journals of May Dodd: A Novel

Jim Fergus

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250154707
ISBN13: 9781250154705

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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.


Praise for One Thousand White Women (20th Anniversary Edition)

"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 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

[May] and the other brides rise from the underbelly of society, becoming the most noble characters in this imaginative tale of the American West reeling under the decline of one culture and the forcible ascent of another."—Publishers Weekly

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Jim Fergus

Jim Fergus is an award winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers. He is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books, including The Vengeance of Mothers. Jim divides his time between southern Arizona, northern Colorado, and France.

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