Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women is an amazing "what if" tale. According to the book there was a US Proposal given by Ulysses S. Grant to the Cheyenne Indians calling for a trade of American women for horses. In reality, this trade was turned down but the novel tells what may have occurred had the trade happened. May Dodd is the heroine of this story as she is one of many women traded to the Cheyenne Indians and endures a very different life than we can imagine. We are invited into her story via her journals. She's introduced to us as a woman who is trapped in an asylum more for embarrassing her family than any violent crime. She has been pulled away from her husband and children and with no where else to turn she chooses to accept the offer into this trade. Her experience with Native Americans takes you right to the western prairies in the late 1800s. I highly recommend this book for it's ability to transport you and remind us to appreciate the lives we lead nowadays.

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