One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1)

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1)

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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1) by Jim Fergus, Laura Hicks, Laura Hicks

Based on an actual historical event, "One Thousand White Women" tells the story--in diary and letter form--of a young woman, who in 1875, travels to the American West to marry Little Wolf, the chief of the Cheyenne nation.

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ISBN-13: 9781572705258
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/05/2006
Series: One Thousand White Women Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged Edition
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 445 reviews.
MoonpieMama More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Bought this book brand new and have lent it out so much that the cover is extremely tattered. After 7 years of first reading this book it is one that is at the top of my recommendation list for people to read if they are ask if I can recommend anything good to read. I think it will appeal to not only women but men. The author did great research and writes so well that I have to remind some of my friends that the book is fiction and based on a 'what if?' notion.'
Book-lovin-momma More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the whole premise of the story was very original and fascinating. My only complaint about the book is that the main characters are female - who despite the author's attempts - are unlike any women I have ever met. They think like men, have sex like men, process violence and sexual assault like only a man could, etc. I read this book with my bookclub - all female - and our opinion was unaminous that only a man would think that gang-raping a woman would "tame" her. Still, despite this annoying issue, the story was fascinating and the plot well written.
A-Village-Bookie More than 1 year ago
The characters draw the reader into their world. A world where they do not fit the typical role expected of women in the 1860's. Each of the characters brings their own set of strenghts and fears to the group. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
gigi1025 More than 1 year ago
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.
BookClubLadyLB More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book and easy read. Although fiction, it read like a non-fiction book. It gave a very realistic account of how it would be like to live with the Cheyenne Indians as a white woman in the late 1800's. It gave information about the choices, or lack thereof, women had at that time. It was exciting and pretty well researched. I highly recommend it for those who would like to know more about that time period and place and American Indians.
ctpomodoro More than 1 year ago
1000 White Women By Jim Fergus Written in a female voice, this is a novel about injustice and betrayal. It is an imaginative fictional account of May Dodd's travel west to marry a Cheyenne warrior. Along with a cast of "brides" that include a mute, a nurse, an English naturalist, a Southern belle, a black woman, a Swiss and lusty Irish twins, May takes part in Ulysses S.Grant's program to trade women for horses. Whose idea was this? Was it clandestine? This book will make you want to find the answers to what actually happened in 1854.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting - well written. Reader MUST remember that this is really fiction based on one statement in history. Just one statement. The book really sticks in your mind.
Logan14 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It made good reading.
charlin More than 1 year ago
This was one fabulous book, wish it didn't end! Tried to keep reading as long as possible. Wish there was a series about these women!
LenexaNookReader More than 1 year ago
I love books that give you every description needed to create your own visualization of the places, people and events. One Thousand White Women is just that ... a story that unfolded, giving you the words to create every scene with great detail, and making the reading of the story even more intense. I was amazed at how much the author captured the feelings from a female perspective, giving true definition to both the main character as well as her fellow tribe-mates. One Thousand White Women gives me reason to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I plan on reading it a second time, which I usually do not do. This book is different from anything I have ever read. The personalities of the characters portrayed, and circumstances they are involved are refreshingly different. I am so glad I purchased this book.
hotshots More than 1 year ago
All the time I was reading this book I thought it was a true story. I'm thinking, how come I never heard about this. In the end I find the true facts. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. Yes I would read something written by Jim Fergus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only fault is that it is too believable! Very engaging read with addictive characterization.
MazieDE More than 1 year ago
The story was unbelieveable. The females were cast as stereotypes - black warrior girl, Irish lasses as drinkers and gamblers, southern genteel lady as a bigot and prude, etc., etc., etc.
Elizabeth Zeppilli More than 1 year ago
i read this book years ago and have been suggesting it to others ever since.
MimiSC More than 1 year ago
Character development is probably this author's strongest suit. You will become friends with all the characters in the book, and you end up rooting for the least likely players. A great read ... our book club loved it and your's will, too! I have recommended this book to family and friends, and have given it as a gift to all the young women in my family. I highly recommend it!
samikins More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book!Even had me laughing outloud at times.. I would actually read this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! One of those books where you think about the characters when you're not reading it. Finished it in record time because I had to find out how their lives turned out. A bonus was the interesting historical narrative. Will keep this book in my library after passing it around to my family and friends who love to read. I plan to recommend this to my book club because it will make for an interesting discussion.
pb42TX More than 1 year ago
This book is a great story of women who go to live with a group of American Indians. They are sent by the American government to become wives to the Indians and to help integrate the tribes into American society. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy the inside look into the culture of the Indian tribes and get a snapshot of the way early Americans felt and interacted with them. It's a really good story, easy to follow and keeps you interested until the very end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was one that I couldn't put down, and I have recommended it to many friends. It is one of the better books I have read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since I read White Oleander which was a totally different book, did I become so absorbed ! The story 'feels' true and at the end I did not want to cry but did! Not because it was necessarily sad, but I didn't want it to end. I wanted to know more about May, Wren her daughter, the other women,etc Couldn't get enough, just so believeable!
Karen-M 3 months ago
The author of this book takes a slip of truth, an actual tiny occurrence in history, and and turns it into one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. As I read I had to keep reminding myself that these characters were born in the authors mind and did not actually live except between the pages of this book. A group of women, for various reasons, volunteer to become the wives of Cheyenne braves. It will be a life of hardship beyond some of their imaginations but for some it comes as a blessing of relief from the life in which they have been imprisoned. We read the diary and letters of May Dodd who is one of the brides. She chronicles her life and the lives of the friends she makes not only among the white brides but also within her new Indian family. To May this is an adventure and an escape from the life she left behind which was filled with tears and unhappiness. On the plains May finds freedom and a life of hardship but a life so much fuller than her old life. This is a beautifully written portrait of the late 1800s when Indian tribes still roamed the prairies but the dark cloud of white man’s gold was beginning to creep in and slowly destroy a way of life.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved this book from start to finish. So glad I bought it. This will be one that I keep in my library and re-read from time to time. I have also pre-ordered the sequel, can't wait to dive into that one, too. Job well done by the author.