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One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd
Fergus, Jim (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Fergus, Jim
Title: One thousand white women
the journals of May Dodd
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2011, c1998
Edition: 2nd St. Martin's Griffin ed
Characteristics: xiv, 436 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Fergus
Notes: Includes Reading Group Gold selection (reading group guide)
Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: 1000 white women
ISBN: 9780312199432
0312199430
Branch Call Number: FICTION FERGUS 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-436)
Subject Headings: Little Wolf, -1904 Fiction Interracial marriage Fiction Women pioneers Fiction Cheyenne Indians Fiction
Genre/Form: Diary fiction
Historical fiction
Western stories
Historical fiction
Western stories
Topical Term: Interracial marriage
Women pioneers
Cheyenne Indians
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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.

Gripping!

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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