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One Thousand White Women Audiobook

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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    Carol LOUISVILLE, CO, United States 08-27-12
    Carol LOUISVILLE, CO, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "If this story were TRUE, it would be headlines!"
    If you could sum up One Thousand White Women in three words, what would they be?

    I kept going back online to make sure this story was indeed fiction, and I'm still not convinced it isn't based on a true story. Maybe it was! It was a fascinating look back into the 19th century in the U.S. when we white people thought we were gods and controlled everything and everybody. Talk about Manifest Destiny! Take women who were insane, poor, radical, or somehow didn't fit the 'mold' and send them to live with the Cheyenne nation as wives and to 'teach' the natives how to assimilate into the white world! What a concept! As the book proceeds, we see who taught who what, and what surprises are in store for both the 'wives' and their warrior husbands. It is a fascinating look into the Native American culture and the very sad end to their way of life. I couldn't stop listening. An excellent listen I would recommend to anyone who likes a good story, who is interested in Native American culture, and loves stories of the American West.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, May Dodd, has to be a favorite. Ever hopeful of a better life, willing to move on from heartbreak, betrayal, and men who have failed her, she decides to give Little Wolf the benefit of the doubt. She is a winner in the end.


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

    In most audio books, I don't like the dialects the different characters might use. In this book, I loved that part. I always knew what character was speaking, whether it was narration, or a particular character.


    If you could rename One Thousand White Women, what would you call it?

    Yet Another Story of How the Native Americans were Screwed by the White Man


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    Wendy United States 08-13-12
    Wendy United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    This was a interesting book. It is not something I would normally read but it was very entertaining.

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    Rita Lake Frederick, Virginia, United States 07-23-12
    Rita Lake Frederick, Virginia, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about One Thousand White Women?

    Even though this is fictional, you feel like you are reading true memoirs. I found it very interesting and believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it an hour and a half each day when I went for my walk, I was always anxious to go for my walk!


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    Julie Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 07-16-12
    Julie Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy Listening & Good Story"
    What other book might you compare One Thousand White Women to and why?

    Although I have never read the book Dances with Wolves, I have seen the movie and would venture to guess that if I had to compare it to something it would be this. In the way that May Dodd went to live and grow to love the Cheyenne, so did Lt. Dunbar. It was as if this story was in reverse order: female lives with Cheyenne instead of male lives with Sioux. The honesty and portrayl of Indians in both are also similar in the fact that they show the good and the bad; not just the romantic portrayl of the Native American culture. They both also deal with the heartbreak and questioning of how the "white man" dealt with the "savages" and, as with the Native Americans, show the good and the bad.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Hicks – was your favorite?

    Although Ms. Hicks "regular" speaking voice as May Dodd is very smooth and easy to listen to, I also enjoyed all of the different accents; my favorites were the Irish sisters and the Sweedish lady. Those accents, coupled with the descriptions of course, helped my mind's eye capture what the ladies looked and acted like in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice, easy book to listen to; it actually ended before I wanted it to. If you are looking for something historical with exact dates and real events, this may not be the book for you, however, if you enjoy a good story that can take you back in time and give you a sneak peak of what it may have been like if this had indeed been a true story, then I think you will like this book.

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    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 07-06-12
    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The Most FANTASTIC Book Ever!!!!!"
    If you could sum up One Thousand White Women in three words, what would they be?

    FANTASTIC, Engaging, Unforgetable!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, really!!!


    What about Laura Hicks’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was so real and easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    America's shame!


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book!!! I still think about it, re-visit it in my mind all the time. Wonder what I would have done.

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    susan 04-30-12
    susan 04-30-12
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    "the key word is Fiction"

    i was drawn in by the masterful deception that this might be a true story ... could it be? well??? it was funny, sad, adventerous the story was intreguing had me glued to my head phones every minute it was hard not to fall in to believing it happened loved it

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    Mimi 04-24-12
    Mimi 04-24-12
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    "I could hardly stop listening"

    A friend recommended this book and I tried to read it but didn't get engaged, for some reason. Then I got it here on Audible, and immediately got sucked in and could hardly get anything else done until I had listened to it all. The reader is just absolutely amazing and brings life to the character that I didn't feel from the written version. She does all the voices of the various characters so well you forget it's only one person reading it to you. Yes, it's a story that is sometimes violent, but that is part of how life was in those days.

    Another reviewer also pointed out that there were problems with the recording. I was too involved with the book to stop and report this, but will now. Audible, you need to go find those problems and fix them. I think there were two sections that garbled and while I probably didn't miss a lot, it was disturbing that it happened.

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    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 02-23-12
    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful ! Incredible Story!"

    What more could I add that has not already been said before......A fascinating story . If you like to hear first hand what it was like living it that time then you will love this book. I didn’t want to put it down.

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    Kindle Customer United States 01-19-12
    Kindle Customer United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unsure at first, but amazing story."

    Really well done. I loved this story. It was a little slow at times, but it draws you in and makes you want more. This is one of those books you're sad to hear end.

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    John W. Simpson Alexandria, VA United States 01-15-12
    John W. Simpson Alexandria, VA United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "By far my favorite of the year."
    Where does One Thousand White Women rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top ten! Great plot. Makes you wonder if this could have really been proposed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    By far the main character.


    What does Laura Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The vivid story is much more alive through the voice.


    If you could rename One Thousand White Women, what would you call it?

    The Unsavory's


    Any additional comments?

    I could hardly wait to walk the dog each morning so I could continue on my journey west with the women. This book is one of my all time favorites.

    Submitted by John's wife

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