One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd
Fergus, Jim (Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
One Thousand White Women

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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
Authors: Fergus, Jim
Title: One thousand white women
the journals of May Dodd
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 29 35 53 97 109 112 122 148 182 193 210 211 216 224 226 228 250 264 276
Alternate Title: 1000 white women
ISBN: 031218008X
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Fergus
Subject Headings: Little Wolf, d. 1904 Fiction. Cheyenne Indians Fiction.
Genre/Form: Diary fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Cheyenne Indians
LCCN: 97037118
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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.

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story; the cultural differences, the eccentric cast of characters, and the voice of the narrator, May Dodd. Highly recommended for a unique story line.

Jun 15, 2014
  • Kelswing rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not very well written. Also the main character was so unrealistically "progressive" it was hard to really get into the story. An interesting concept for a book, but it was so poorly executed I couldn't finish it.

Nov 24, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting and unusual idea for a book, however the writing itself was not that great. I think it picked up near then end but apparently some readers quit before that.

Jun 15, 2013
  • josie3706 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

have read better treatments of the native American vs Great White Father. Did not enjoy the broad dialects and in general thought it needed editing

May 08, 2012
  • Altansky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


This is an impressive historical novel, terse, convincing, affecting and so well written it trasports readers to another time and place so that when they close the book, they are astonished to find themselves returned to their everday lives.

Great book! Excellent insight into the Native Amercian "resettlement". While fictional, much of what happened, minus the main plot-line, could have been real. Great read.

Jan 13, 2012
  • lmpmaxwell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great story


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