Jim Fergus series

Just in at the Northwood City Center Library, a series of three books by Jim Fergus – One Thousand White Women, The Vengeance of Mothers, and Strongheart. This is series about women “who participated in the government’s “Brides for Indians” program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Women to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These “brides” were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. The brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with the Cheyenne spouses and had children with them…and became Cheyenne themselves.”

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