The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus. Published by St. Martins

Almost twenty years after the publication of One Thousand White Women, Fergus returns to his “Brides for Indians” story. While the United States government did not have such a program (that I know of), Fergus imagines that it did, and in its arrogance offered Native Americans the opportunity to assimilate into white culture by marrying a white woman and having children that would be considered “U.S. citizens”. In return the U.S. government would be given 300 horses, and the women, many “soiled doves” might have a chance at happiness, or at least freedom from the society that persecuted them. This story is the “journal” of Meggie Kelly, dated 1876, who tells the story of herself and her twin sisters assimilation into the Cheyenne Nation and the ultimate destruction of all they have come to love and hold dear by the American government. I loved One Thousand White Women and I’m so glad that Fergus wrote a follow-up. It’s every bit as good, as heart-breaking and thrilling as the original

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