One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd

Large Print - 2013
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When May Dodd journeys west into the unknown in 1874, it's a far better fate than the life she leaves behind. Committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for loving a man beneath her station, May's only hope of freedom is a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. This is the story of May's breathtaking adventures: first a romance with a young Army captain; then marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2013, c1998.
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781410458070
1410458075
Characteristics: 669 p. ;,24 cm. --
Alternative Title: 1000 white women

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AnnabelleLee27 Aug 25, 2017

A fictional account of a woman participating in a secret government program in the 1870s seeking to assimilate the Northern Cheyenne into white "civilization" through marriage (the exchange of a thousand white women for a thousand Cheyenne horses) as told through her journals. The journals & premise are fiction but the novel includes many real historical details. The novel is notable for its depiction of Cheyenne life during the turbulent shift from independence to the reservation system and they are presented as richly complex humans rather than as simple stereotypes. The novel is also notable for its depiction of the women and how the conditions in the larger society led them to choose to participate in the program. Rather like the Cheyenne, they did not have many choices or even a safe way to exist within or along side the larger white culture. The novel addresses themes of belonging, respect, loss, and love.

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brangwinn
Jul 30, 2016

I was so disappointed to find out this account was fiction. Yes, disappointed, but yet amazed that an author could so completely wrap me in the story hook, line and sinker. Jim Fergus did his job. I’m doing more research on the Brides for Indians program where the US sent one thousand women from insane asylums and prisons to marry American Indians in exchange for one thousand horses. The story was riveting.

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vv8
Feb 20, 2016

I wanted to like this book, but it read like a novel from the perspective of a woman written by a man (a man, who has never met or interacted with a woman).

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maggiegouker
Nov 11, 2015

Great story very enjoyable read.

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RLoewens
Jun 20, 2015

I gave this book a four star rating mostly for the last section of the book more than for the book as a whole. It is a fast-moving, easy to read novel that fits well into what I call the "Summer Reading" category.

As much as I enjoyed reading this book, I found it difficult to ignore certain aspects of the protagonist's character. Specifically, she is supposed to be an 1875 modern woman, but it felt like she was really a 1995 modern woman. There were also smaller things that just didn't feel right about her. At one point I closed the book to see who wrote it and thought, "Ah, this is a man trying to write in a woman's voice.".

In conclusion, if you go into this expecting to find a 19th century female heroine who thinks how a 21st century man thinks a 19th century woman should, then you will be fine. Also, expect the other women in the book to have Dickensian names that are not as clever as Dicken's characters. Oh, and one other thing: I got this at a Fill a Bag for $1 Rummage Sale. If I would have paid full price for it, I would have given it a much lower rating.

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lilypad_1
Jun 11, 2015

May Dodd was so courageous and open minded, her ability to be supportive to those around her gave her the strength to meet each day with calm and energy. I really loved her character and wish there was a series based on her. I am always sympathetic to the Native Americans and how women were treated as second class citizens, she had the misfortune to be both.

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NanCcan
May 23, 2015

Extremely believable. Carefully told. Amazingly good story about a woman even though written by a man. Engaging and heart-wrenching.

dairyqueen Mar 17, 2015

I loved this book! Very interesting story.

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CL_BookClub
Jan 04, 2015

A longer read but a decent one. The premise of the story is great for discussion concerning 1000 white women being handed over to Natives and being expected to become wives of the tribesmen. Good historical perspectives in addition to women's issues of that time.

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beverleyrr
Sep 10, 2014

I loved this book. May Dodd was definitely a misfit in her society but I liked her. The book dealt with the conquering of the native people by the whites. Interesting day to day details of native life and the old west.

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PaperHeart
Dec 05, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Contains multiple instances of rape. While these scenes were not overly descriptive, the majority of the female characters ended up experiencing some sort of sexual assault by the time the book ended.

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