Book Review: One Thousand White Women: The journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Though disclaimed as a fictional account, the circumstances of the post-civil war westward expansion of white settlers and prospectors displaced entire nations of Native Americans and the US Government did break most of its deals and did end up putting the Indians on a reservation without any support at all. I caught an address by the vice president to American Indians apologizing for what was done to them. In this case, I agree with the sentiment if not the method used.

Amazon blurb:

Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, thisis the story of May Dodd—a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd’s journey into an unknown world. Having been committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope for freedom and redemption is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from “civilized” society become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is a series of breathtaking adventures—May’s brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; and her conflict of being caught between loving two men and living two completely different lives.

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