One Thousand White Women

  • by Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
  • Narrated by Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
  • 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world.
Toward that end, May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetimes.
Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.


What the Critics Say

"Fergus lets his imagination go wild and creates a journal of one of his ancestors who became one of those brides in 1875. Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd." (Audiofile)


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Customer Reviews

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One interesting woman is better than one thousand!

I expected the everyday details between the white women and the Native Americans these women had chosen to marry as their lives moved forward. Instead there is not much conversation at all in this book, context is taken from "journals" written by one of the woman. There were some dramatic moments, funny situations and characters that made me laugh, it is just too bad more character development or time was not spent to make the novel much more interesting. I would start to care about certain characters, but then the story would curve and we would never hear much about that person again. The novel seemed very unrealistic, and as if it had huge holes in it. I would not recommend it.
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- Tracy

Good story, well read, you know how it ends

A fascinating story well told, if you're one of those who can actually suspend disbelief. I always think I'm not, but I do get caught up in the tale.

The fact that the scenario is entirely implausible lurks behind every scene, but a memorable cast of characters does emerge. The heroine is good-hearted, iconoclastic, rebellious, loyal, strong and funny, and the "history" rings true.

The language waffles between attempting to sound authentically mid-19th century, as one would expect in a personal journal, and quite modern, as in "God, Martha, that would be very low on my list of priorities." Still, an entertaining and predictably tragic story.

I like this reader very much. Pleasant voice, good characterizations, and no creepy transgender voices when reading the male characters' lines.

If you're looking for an entertaining story, by all means, have a listen. But if you read to fight insomnia, this is not your choice. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night after I finished the story.
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- Cynthia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.