One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

By Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women is the tale of might Dodd and a colourful meeting of pioneer ladies who, below the auspices of the U.S. executive, go back and forth to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry one of the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and debatable "Brides for Indians" software, introduced through the management of Ulysses S. furnish, is meant to aid assimilate the Indians into the white man's international. towards that finish may perhaps and her buddies embark upon the journey in their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the yank West that it really is as though those diaries are a pill in time.

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I've been so interested in you, Phemie,” I acknowledged. “I notion you are unwell. Why have I no longer obvious you operating with the others? ” Phemie laughed her deep wealthy chortle. “Oh May,” she acknowledged, “I didn't come right here to be made a slave back. I already escaped as soon as from that existence, and whilst I did so I made the promise to myself that i might by no means toil for an additional. I’m a unfastened girl. any longer i select my paintings. ” “And how have been you in a position to deal with that? ” I requested. “While the remainder of us do women’s chores? ” “A basic act of refusal, an statement of my freedom of choice,” Phemie stated. “I’ve determined that I should still prefer to be a hunter, no longer a digger of roots, and so I defined to my husband that my efforts can be dedicated to that finish. What can they do to me—put me in chains? Whip me? allow them to test. i'm going to consistently hold scars on my again from the whip and a model as a reminder of a slave’s existence between tyrants, and that i won't permit this to be repeated. ” “Good for you, Phemie! ” I acknowledged, “We needs to use your instance in our assembly this present day. ” “Let me exhibit you anything else, May,” Phemie stated, pulling her rawhide gown as much as her waist to bare that she was once donning a Cheyenne chastity string. We had every one been offered with this type of ungodly units by way of our girls tentmates at the first day of our arrival. it sounds as if all of the younger Cheyenne ladies put on them. it's a small rope which passes round the waist, is knotted in entrance, ends passing down among the thighs, each one department wound round the thigh down approximately to the knees. Now numerous of the extra prudish ladies current (I swear a few are so prissy, that i can't comprehend no matter what possessed them to enroll in this application! ) gasped in indignant modesty. yet Phemie paid them no brain. “No one visits right here and not using a key,” she stated in her melodic voice, and he or she laughed. “I want that I had had this sort of contraption whilst i used to be in bondage. Many nights on the whim of my grasp there has been no sleep in any respect for this nigger woman. yet now I’m answerable for this a part of my existence, in addition. ” “God Phemie,” I acknowledged, “you’re really donning the ghastly factor! The previous crone who lives in our tent attempted to get me to don mine, yet I refused. It appears extraordinarily uncomfortable. ” “And she didn’t strength you, did she? ” Phemie mentioned. “You see, might, those are a democratic humans, in any case. As to the topic of convenience, it really is definitely no much less cozy than the corsets into which a lot of you strap yourselves day-by-day. ” “But we're right here to procreate, Phemie,” I stated, “not to guard our chastity. ” “Yes, yet that second, too, I shall come to a decision for myself,” Phemie stated. i have to say, opposite to the preferred reviews within the newspapers and periodicals of the immoral, lurid, and rapacious savage, this infrequently appears to be like a carnally orientated society. by means of all bills at our day-by-day assembly, not one of the different girls have not begun even been approached by way of their potential husbands. below the situations a chastity string turns out really superfluous … “Right ya are, May,” acknowledged cheeky Meggie Kelly at the topic.

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