One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim FergusOne 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 mans 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.
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One Thousand White Women Summary & Study Guide
Dressed in full, colorful Indian regalia, Chief Little Wolf presented his plan to give the government one thousand horses in exchange for one thousand white women. Hoping to end the fighting between the white man and Indians on the American plains, Little Wolf felt that if white women could merge with his tribe and bear children of mixed blood, the new children might bond the two races. Indians and whites would then begin to truly assimilate and learn to live together peacefully. President Grant's wife fainted in shock over the audacity of his daring proposal, not to mention his bizarre and somewhat terrifying appearance. Not surprisingly, news of the Chief's proposal caused public outrage, since white women married to wild savages was an unthinkable and ghastly concept.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. - May is a young woman whose insatiable sexual appetite and unwillingness to follow the rules of social propriety have resulted in her father committing her to a mental institution with the diagnosis of "promiscuity. She has been well educated, but not felt loved enough by her ultra-wealthy family, and so decides on her own course in life, having two babies by a man who is not worthy of her, socially or morally.
From the publisher. From Reading Group Guides. One Thousand White Women was written by a man, but in a woman's point of view. Did you find this convincing? In , rebellious or unorthodox women were sometimes considered "hysterical" or insane. Is this still true in some circumstances today?