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
An Indian request in 1854 for 1,000 white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel. Their journey west is described by May Dodd, a high-society woman released from an asylum where she was incarcerated by her family for an affair.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312199432
Characteristics: 304 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: 1000 white women


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Mar 17, 2015
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Very interesting story.

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.

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.

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.


Feb 07, 2012

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.

Jan 16, 2012

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

Mar 10, 2011
  • TheSponge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Notwithstanding that this book is a work of fiction, the premise of 1000 White Women is actually based on a real life incident. In 1854, the Cheyenne Chief named Little Wolf traveled East to Washington, D.C. to ask President Grant for "one thousand white women" to intermarry with members of his tribe. Little Wolf proposed that 1000 white women be given as brides to his warriors so that his people could be more easily assimilated into the white culture.

In the book the government accepts the proposal in exchange for 1000 horses! That is where the story really begins. I enjoyed the book and I liked the fact that it was based on a little known incident.


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