One Thousand White Women (20th Anniversary Edition): The Journals of May Dodd: A Novel (One Thousand White Women Series #1) (Paperback)

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This will make you smile, cry, angry, sad and believe. But it is fiction. In the pioneer days of this country, there were "Indian troubles". In an effort to mitigate the tensions, President Theodore Roosevelt and the Native leaders made a deal to trade 1000 "white" women for 1000 horses -- such a deal, eh? This is the account of the first women to volunteer for the swap, women who had no better options in life, whores, mad women, spinsters and adventurers. Many book clubs have discussed this novel in the past 20 years and we look forward to a sequel The Vengeance of Mothers due September 12th.

— marla


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.

“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

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250154705
ISBN-10: 1250154707
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 2017
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: One Thousand White Women Series