One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2007
15 hours 0 minutes
Based on an actual historical event, this is the story of May Dodd—a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd’s journey into an unknown world. Having been committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope for freedom and redemption is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from “civilized” society become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is a series of breathtaking adventures—May’s brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; and her conflict of being caught between loving two men and living two completely different lives.“Fergus portrays the perceptions and emotions of women…with tremendous insight and sensitivity.”—Booklist“A superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph.” —Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
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Valerie P.

An excellent book which shows the tragedy of our historical relationship with the native Americans. Human fear, trust issues and love are each a part of this novel.

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Sharon M.

I’ve read and heard this book several times because I so enjoy Jim Fergus’s writing. Imagine my delight when I decided to check if he had written more, which of course he had. I now have a good selection of books I’ll touch base with for many years to come. The narration is perfect!

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Jeri E.

Loved this book!

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Nancy K

I heard about this book a long time ago and had the impression that it was a true story. It certainly feels like one as you hear the journal entries of the main character. She tell the story of a group of women who were part of the "brides for Indians" program designed by Ulysses S. Grant to help settle the west. The women wee exchanged for ponies. They were volunteers, from prisons, mental hospitals, etc. This is a book I will listen to again.

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Sandy Sanderlin

I loved this book. The format in which it was written (as if reading the main character's journal and letters), was well done and made the story very believable.

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