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The Vengeance of Mothers:The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill

Jim Fergus

Fergus's powerful sequel to One Thousand White Women (1998) centers around the journals of Margaret Kelly and Molly McGill. Both women participated in the government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, meant to bring peace between the United States and the Cheyenne nation. These "brides" were mostly prostitutes, women in prison, or those incarcerated in asylums. Nobody expected the program to work, and the brides themselves thought of it simply as a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with their Cheyenne spouses and became Cheyenne themselves. A passionate and unforgettable historical novel.