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Plymouth Book Club - One Thousand White Women

Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m., in the lounge

Our selection for this month is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Based on actual events, it's the story of May Dodd, told through her journals, and a colorful assembly of pioneer women. Under the auspices of the U.S. government, the women traveled 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, was intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Dodd's story begins when she is committed to an insane asylum by her blueblood family for an affair with a man beneath her station. She finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. Dodd soon falls in love with John Bourke, a gallant young army captain, even though she is married to the great chief Little Wolf. Caught between two worlds and two men, Dodd is forced to make tough decisions that will change her life forever.
Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time. Come explore this little known part of U.S. history as we read this poignant story. Our selection is available at Schuler Books on the Book Club Table with a 20% discount.

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