On a tour down south recently, I picked up a book called One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. It is a work of historic fiction taking place in 1875 when the American West was being settled. The novel is based on the journals of May Dodd who was a participant in an assimilation program where white women were sent to marry into the Native population. The premise was this program would bring the two cultures together with the resulting children. Of course, the women chosen for this program were disenfranchised to say the least. There are many interesting characters, adventures and observations of womens’ place in the days of the early west. It is an entertaining, as well as informative read, particularly if you are interested in westerns.
“Frankly, from the way I have been treated the so-called ‘civilized’ people in my life, I rather look forward to residency among the savages.” – from the journals of May Dodd