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One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
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Jan 12, 08

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Although a fiction book, this tale reads as if it were true which is what makes it all the more interesting. It begins after the Civil War at a time when western expansion of the plains was occuring. The government decides to institut an experimental program to help "assimilate" the "Red Menace" into White culture.

The story follows the life of May Dodd through her diaries.
Mary, an unconventional woman, lives "in sin" with a man she loves and has two of his children. Her father, a rich businessman with social standing, has her placed in a mental institution as a means to eliminate family embarrassment. In order to get out of what would be a lifetime of confinement, Mary volunteers for a new program offered by the government. 1000 ponies for 1000 white women who are to become the wives of Cheynenne braves.

The novel tells her story and that of a handful of other women she befriends. Although it takes place in another time period and location, the book's style reminded me a lot of the book, "The Red Tent".
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