I am just finished the book, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus.
The premise of the story is that 1000 white women were gathered by their own free will and were taken and that traded with the Indians for 1000 ponies. The women were to live with the Indians for 2 years with the expectation that they would have a child. The women were to teach the Indians of white ways and eventually the two warring parties, the whites and Indians, would better know each other and come to a form of peace. The babies were suppose to unite the Native Americans and whites.
The women who volunteer come from all walks of life, former southern girls whose father’s lost their plantations, girls who were jailed or in insane asylums, freed slaves, and women who were considered too ugly or manly to catch a husband.
Although this is a work of fiction and something I would have never done, the author makes it believable and I found myself very interested it what was happening next.
If you check the reviews on Amazon, they are very mixed. Several people didn’t like the book as it was written by a male and that many of the women were stereotypical. I didn’t have a problem with any of that. At this time period, people would not have been so open with their feelings especially feelings that would have been written in a journal. Being the other characters were all supporting characters and a book can only be so long, giving them a stereotypical character made it easy and uncomplicated. I didn’t like them any more or less.
I do have to say that I have had this book for over a year. Kelli gave it to me yet I didn’t read it. The premise bothered me so I was hesitant to read it…but after reading it I got drawn in. I like it and would consider it a good read. Kelli liked it too.
If you are looking for the book you can find it here on Amazon in hard copy One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd or here on Kindle One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd.