One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 15, 1999 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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.

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Loved the premise but did not love the execution. - LibraryThing
Insight into the daily life of the Cheyenne. - LibraryThing
Strong women characters. - LibraryThing
Interesting premise, but... - LibraryThing
Clever premise doesn't disappoint. - LibraryThing
With that premise, the character of May comes alive. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Betsy - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. Good mix of humor and sadness. Good list of resources used in the research of the book, so I trust the descriptions of life in the western frontier and the Indian camp. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill Dumford - Goodreads

I'd give it a 4.5 but that's not an option. Very fun, fast read but don't take it too seriously or you'll be disappointed. I enjoyed the very colorful cast of characters. Humorous, frightening, exciting, and tragic love story... but not realistic. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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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