One Thousand White Women: The Journals Of May Dodd
ISBN: 031218008X
EAN13: 9780312180089
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1" H x 9.5" L x 6.5" W
Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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May Dodd, born to wealth in Chicago in 1850, left home in her teens and through a family disgrace is imprisoned in a monstrous lunatic asylum.

In 1875 Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, comes to Washington to seal a treaty with President Ulysses S. Grant and suggests that peace between Whites and Cheyenne could be established if the Cheyenne were given white women as wives, and that the tribe would agree to raise the children from such unions. Grant secretly recruits 1,000 women from jails, penitentiaries, debtors' prisons, and mental institutions offering full pardons or unconditional release.

May, who jumps at the chance, embarks upon the adventure of her lifetime, along with a colourful assembly of pioneer women. She keeps the fictional journal we read, marries Little Wolf, lives in a crowded tipi with his two other wives and their children and lives the life of a Cheyenne squaw.

'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

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   'One Thousand White Women'
5/9/2022: I have this minute just discovered that the fictional story of '1000 White Women' is actually based on a true event! I'm just Gob-Smacked! as they say in England. I read this story some many years ago and was spell-bound by it. I then recommended it to all my reader-friends, and every one of them was enthralled and thanked me for the recommendation. Of the many books I've read over the years, this one is the clearest memory, and still a favorite. You'll be so glad you've discovered this story! Happy reading!!
   Read this one!
Really enjoyed the book. Right from the start, I thought this was a true story, so I did some research and it is based on an application from a Cheyenne Indian Chief to President Grant for the state to give the 1000 white women to become brides and bear children, he said. Grant, who stars in a revival of the British writer's life, said: "I don't think so." What if Grant did give the brides away? The book is a collection of journal entries by the six main characters of the tribe. It's a great book, well worth reading.
   I Never read a book twice unless...
I am so glad I found this book, Melissa. I saw it recommended to me by a magazine that I subscribe to. I've never read a fiction writer. This book did not seem like fiction, it was filled with information that had to have been researched and written by experts on Indian affairs, tribal traditions, etc. I couldn't put the book down, I was spellbound from the beginning. I have never read any of Mr Fergus's books, but I am seriously doubting he could ever top this one. A writer who seems to know the intimate essence of how and what a woman thinks and feels. OK, I don't usually give reviews and certainly not unless the book really touches me. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
   Very inspiring
What a journey! It was a journey I took with my heroine. The writing was beautiful and descriptive, and the pictures were also beautiful. I enjoyed how May made the best of a very scary situation, Mr. Rule told the judge. She faced her fears and found love not just for a man but for a strange culture and it's people.
I've read this book twice and I still love it! As if I walked the Indians way of life, I felt as if I was truly representing what their lives were truly like. If you love early American history as much as I do, you'll love this book. New Delhi: Actor Aamir Khan was today arrested for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman.
I recommend this book to all readers who have a guilty pleasure in Native American history fiction. I still cannot believe that a book of this stature would be written by a fiction writer. The book is fiction, the actress said. It's great to see the color again.
   More Than Just a Tale
He made me smile and laugh out loud at certain passages of the book. There are some very serious consequences to this story, if you think so. Indeed, it has lessons we could all use in our day-to-day lives. It was a great read, and I couldn't put it down.
   Beneath the dignity of critique
The very concept of this book is an historical obscenity that can only have sprung from a mind in the grip of ignorance or indifference, Reichert said. The very notion that President Grant, who had spent four years in a war to free slaves, would consign fellow Americans to an experiment in genetic engineering is an insult to his character. The book deals with the anguish of the thousands of actual settlers who were taken captive by U.S. Indians. Then men, women and children were immediately tortured and slaughtered. In many cases, the women and girls were forced to marry and have babies. In some cases, survivors were forcibly returned to their families, sometimes accompanied by armed men. At one point in the chain, kidnappers became so profitable that some tribes engaged in kidnapping as a form of commerce. It would have been outrageous even if the author had written the book in reverse. In 1863, President Grant asked for 1,000 women of Indian descent to marry his daughters.
   A wonderful, informative story!
What a great book, said Janet Grubb, who also wrote "The Da Vinci Code." It was also quite informative of the customs of the native Americans as well as the attitudes of the European settlers during this time. The personal stories kept me turning pages, Morgenthau said. The story was very believable even though it is a novel, McBride said.
   Don't. Just don't.
Stereotypical native Americans, women characters were poorly expressed, acted like 21 century women. Poor writing and typographical errors compounded the problem.