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Read a Story About a "Brides for Indians" Program in the 1800s

A Not-So Hardcore, Deep and Funny Bookish (Not Book) Club
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Nov 15 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Our fiction book for November is "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd," by Jim Fergus. This is the first of the author's five novels. It won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Fiction of the Year Award in 1999. Here is a summary from Booklist: "An American western with a most unusual twist, this is an imaginative fictional account of the participation of May Dodd and others in the controversial "Brides for Indians" program, a clandestine U.S. government-sponsored program intended to instruct "savages" in the ways of civilization and to assimilate the Indians into white culture through the offspring of these unions. May's personal journals, loaded with humor and intelligent reflection, describe the adventures of some very colorful white brides (including one black one), their marriages to Cheyenne warriors, and the natural abundance of life on the prairie before the final press of the white man's civilization. Fergus is gifted in his ability to portray the perceptions and emotions of women. He writes with tremendous insight and sensitivity about the individual community and the political and religious issues of the time, many of which are still relevant today. This book is artistically rendered with meticulous attention to small details that bring to life the daily concerns of a group of hardy souls at a pivotal time in U.S. history." - by Grace Fill (324 pgs)
Amazon rates this book 4.3 out of 5 stars based on over 2,800 reviews. There are 9 copies in the library.

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