One Thousand White Women – The Journals of May Dodd

One Thousand White Women – The Journals of May Dodd

General Fiction
St. Martins Press, 1999
Paperback - 304 pages
$14.95

 

Premised upon a bizarre historical fact – a Cheyenne proposal during treaty negotiations in Washington, DC to trade one thousand horses for one thousand white women – Fergus uses further historical detail to spin out the story of May Dodd who might have been one of the one thousand if the idea had actually come to fruition. It follows her path from confinement in a Chicago mental institution (for alleged “promiscuity”) to her life among the Cheyenne on the Great Plains. It is a compelling story embroidered with the patterns of life in a Native American community and edged with the tensions of relations between the sexes, the races, the religions and, ultimately, between “civilization” and “savagery”.