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One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
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Mar 08, 2011

really liked it
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Read from March 08 to May 15, 2011

What a remarkable story to read with such a great heroine in May Dodd. This is one fantastic story in journal format that relates the story of a woman who fell in love with the foreman of her father's mill and had two children with the man. For this her family banishes her to an insane asylum on the grounds of mental illness and promiscuity. She was neither mad nor promiscous just fell in love with the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The US government made the inmates a great offer for their release. They may go join the Cheyenne Nation to become a bride of a warrior to help to assimulate the culture and then regain their freedom. May Dodd meets the US armies' Capt. Bourke who shares a love for Shakespeare and they fall in love for one tryst before May is sent off. She marries the Chief Little Wolf and love and admires her new Cheyenne husband. Other women follow the same path and the white women learn the ways of the Cheyenne people who are both loving and respectful of the earth. The story ultimately is as predictable as the history of more advanced nations overtaking and stripping the more inferior backward ones and wiping out their culture and way of life. This is an amazing book, one that will send the reader to a reference book or Wikipedia to learn more about the Cheyenne people and what our own government did to destroy this "American" group of people.
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Randi Great review for a great book!

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