One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (Large Print / Hardcover)

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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


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 Gazett"e

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410458070
ISBN-10: 1410458075
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: June 5th, 2013
Pages: 669
Language: English