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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

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32 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Amazing and thought provoking.

I just finished re-reading this book, something I rarely do. Jim Fergus has created a rich, lush, story filled with enduring characters and thought provoking themes. I am an avid reader and this is certainly one of my all time favorites and one I always recommend.
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I just finished re-reading this book, something I rarely do. Jim Fergus has created a rich, lush, story filled with enduring characters and thought provoking themes. I am an avid reader and this is certainly one of my all time favorites and one I always recommend.
One Thousand White Women is a fictional account of a would be cultural experiment. It is based on the true fact that in 1854 at a peace conference a Cheyenne chief requested the gift of 1,000 white women as brides for his men. The Cheyenne were/are a matrilineal society...children belonging to their mother's tribe. This would have allowed for the Cheyenne to begin assimiliating into white culture. Of course this request was not met in real life but Fergus vividly paints for us a portrait of what might have happened.
This novel gives us female characters that inspire, motivate and break our hearts. White women, and one escaped African American slave, who risk everything for the opportunity to choose their own destinys. The main character, May Dodd was commited to an insane asylum by her family for, "Moral perversion" after living with and having children out of wed lock with a man beneath her social status. She chooses to volunteer to go west and be married to a "Savage" as a way of gaining her freedom and hopefully one day reconnecting with the children she bore out of wedlock. The book, One Thousand White Women, is her journal and letters to her children and others. We learn of her love for an American soldier she meets along the way and her marriage to a Cheyenne chief named Little Wolf. I think the center of the story though is the bond between Mary and the other white women who make the journy with her. Humorous, touching and inspiring...the tale of their friendship and support truly makes this book the treasure it is.

posted by MoonpieMama on May 7, 2010

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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

interesting, be sure to keep in mind "savage"

I did find this very interesting, and the early references to "strong" women taking charge of their lives was enjoyable, also the "history" of what it could have been like was a page turner.
HOWEVER, there are many parts that I had to skim over, keeping in mind it is a...
I did find this very interesting, and the early references to "strong" women taking charge of their lives was enjoyable, also the "history" of what it could have been like was a page turner.
HOWEVER, there are many parts that I had to skim over, keeping in mind it is about savages and there are parts that are hard to read. The cruelty to animals and the "savage" treatment of other tribes.

posted by gigi1025 on April 16, 2011

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Dumb

    This book came across as based on a true happening. I was suckered :( It isn't a particularily well written book and so full of dumb soft-porn "journal entries" that I feel foolish for having bought it. Please don't - save your money.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Not Worth Your Time

    The only good thing to say about this book is that it is a fast read.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Recommend

    Although I didn't find this to be a page turner, I enjoyed it tremendously. The content was very interesting and the writer had a way of making me feel like I was a part of the whole scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    WANTED Wanted to love it

    I love reading historical fiction especially from the west, but this book was so far fetched in its attempt to make its political message I couldnt take more than half of it. Would HIGHLY not recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Are you kidding?

    Ok, is the genre of this book humorous fiction? I kept thinking it was supposed to be funny. Did i miss the point?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Based on nook sample

    Jac2848 - did not like nook sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Thoroughly entertaining!

    I enjoyed this book very much. It reminded me of a book that I loved as a child called the Captive about a girl that lived with an indigenous tribe. This book(One Thousand White Women)speaks of the love a caring of the "savages" and how the "civiized" white race could have learned a lesson from them. It was written so beleivably that I had to keep looking back to the fact that it was a work of fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Shouldn't have been this boring

    I don't understand the reviews on this. This is really bored me. I finished Catherine the Great in the same amount of time it took me to get to page 63. Since it is not factual it becomes a waste of reading effort.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    What a Waste of Time!

    Obviously this author took no time at all to research his subject, the American Indian. Many books and journals exist correctly describing how the Indian treated women captives and it wasn't near to being as this book portrays. This book is laughable. I wish I hadn't wasted my time and money!

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    I'm never reading the recommendations that people give again cause they are idiots and I'm amazed that they even read anything.

    This book was disquieting, disturbing and disgusting (the 3 d's) on so many levels. The writer painted a vivid portrait however slanting it on the narrator making her appear to be a harlot with a heart of gold. She was neither but a stricken woman downtrodden by men and honor. Books like this (SPOILER ALERT) give me pause to go through the entire book thinking it is a true story only to find out it is not. A total waste of time but still horrifying nevertheless.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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