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One Thousand White Women | [Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)]

One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.
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Publisher's Summary

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 lifetimes.

Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

©1998 Jim Fergus; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Fergus lets his imagination go wild and creates a journal of one of his ancestors who became one of those brides in 1875. Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd." (Audiofile)

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    kafkirk 11-12-11
    kafkirk 11-12-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "Performance is sarcastic"

    A poor performance of a mediocre book. The reader is sarcastic, and I stopped listening about half way through. Don't bother.

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    Elizabeth Montezuma, NM, United States 10-28-11
    Elizabeth Montezuma, NM, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "As trite as trite can be"

    I have given up on an audiobook only two or three times out of hundreds downloaded. This was one. This book is so full of sterotype and cliche that it made me gag.

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    Karen Winston-Salem, NC, United States 10-21-11
    Karen Winston-Salem, NC, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Truth is stranger than fiction..."

    is a writer's golden rule Jim Fergus did not learn. His premise is interesting. The language and tone of the "letters" are authentic. However, a long list of stock characters (the big ugly cheerful immigrant woman, the Irish rouges, the queenly black former slave woman) destroys the novel's masquerade as a true account. It is tedious and predictable, and when Mr. Fergus slides into soft pornography, he abandons his pretense completely.

    So many books, so little time. NO time for this one.

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    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 10-04-11
    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2014

    I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.

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    "Best Native American Account I've Read"
    What did you love best about One Thousand White Women?

    This book is haunting, literally. The memories of it lingers with me like people I've lived with and loved, and for whom I mourn in the same sense I mourned President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Junior. I believe May Dodd's cosmic purpose was to communicate to us truth of life with the Native Americans, and for a past now destroyed. It is a record, a memorial unlike anything I've ever read (listened to). I can't begin to explain all the reasons for loving this book, but I certainly loved the quality of the writing, the authenticity of the writing, and the depth of each character. Certainly they are the most fascinating characters you'll meet anywhere. At first I thought they were so unique that this must be a work of fiction, but then I realized that the very nature of the circumstances would have called forth such fascinating eccentrics. By the end of the book, I felt like I had experienced every emotion in the world, with love being one of the most predominate.


    What did you like best about this story?


    In the book CAPTURED, there is a collection of stories about children who were abducted by Native Americans and it was fascinating to read about how many of them, recaputured by the Whites, did not want to stay but to be returned to their Native American families. But it wasn't clear WHY they preferred Native Americans. I think this book explains it.

    During my childhood, "Indians" were characterized as all bad, i.e., "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Other books or movies such as DANCES WITH WOLVES, the Native Americans are romanticized as all good. But in this book, the stark, frank realism explains both sides with writing that made me thrill with appreciation, and to feel like I too was one of those women living their hard but satisfying life, and it explained to me why, given a choice, one would choose to remain with them. If this is an authentic journal as claimed, it iis certainly a national treasure. I long to see it made into a movie.


    What does Laura Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good God! This term seems to be common among the author's writing (and among the other characters so it must have been a term of the day). But that one term might serve as a measure for Hick's ability to understand the events in the journal. At one point I recall thinking that she must have some depth of character of her own in order to read with the full range of emotions called forth by this story--everything from love to horror.


    If you could take any character from One Thousand White Women out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    May Dodd was obviously intelligent, well educated, and highly articulate, as well as being admirably strong in character. She would be fascinating in any society.


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    Laura Medicine Lake, MT, United States 09-27-11
    Laura Medicine Lake, MT, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book! Great Story! Great Characters!"
    Would you listen to One Thousand White Women again? Why?

    This is a great story and could not quit listening. The characters were great and real. I laughed and cried.


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    Judith Hoffman San Mateo, CA USA 09-23-11
    Judith Hoffman San Mateo, CA USA 09-23-11 Member Since 2014

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    "if you like chick lit get this one"

    Lots of people seem to love this book - it depends on your taste. To me the characters were embarrassingly simple and predictable. How can a rich, spoiled white woman in 1875 think like a modern, liberal woman? The book would have made more sense if May started out with some of the attitudes of her class and upbringing, then over time learned that she was being biased and unfair. This book will not challenge you to think. The reader was good, doing her best with poor material. I wish Audible had a category for chick lit. I would like some kind of way to avoid these books, other people must be searching for them. Occasionally I buy one by mistake. It was a waste of a credit.

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    claudia Spring, TX, United States 09-22-11
    claudia Spring, TX, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "interesting story"

    the story captured my interest and kept me listening. okay, so its a bit far fetched at times but it is supposed to be entertainment, and if you read it as such, it was a good book.

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    Trisha Hamilton, OH, United States 09-12-10
    Trisha Hamilton, OH, United States 09-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good plot, marginal characters"

    I enjoyed the book on a plot level to some degree but found the smattering of female characters underdeveloped and trite. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 08-18-10
    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 08-18-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved, Loved this book"

    I absolutely loved this book, I cryed, laughed, and got my cherokee dander up. My love for history was satisfied, and I am actually going to read again. The Woman on both sides were strong and the type of women it took to live out west. Again, I loved the book and recommened it to all my friends.

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