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The Vengeance of Mothers

Book 2, One Thousand White Women Series - The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill: A Novel

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The stunning sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women: A Novel.

"Clever and satisfying...Fergus is a superb writer [and] the characters are as real as any pioneer women who braved the rigors of westering." —The Denver Post

"A gripping tale, a history lesson infused with both sadness at the violence perpetuated against the Cheyenne and awe at the endurance of this remarkable group of women." —Booklist, starred review

9 March 1876

My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance...

So begins the Journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the U.S. 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 Woman 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. 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 had children with them...and became Cheyenne themselves.

The Vengeance of Mothers explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? With vivid detail and keen emotional depth, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.

Customer Reviews

Vengeance of Mothers and A Thousand White Women

Much of what I read can be echoed thru the years to present day life. No matter the way a woman becomes a mother, each has history and most likely the desire to bring life and value to her offspring.

Unfortunately circumstances led to great pain and suffering and we can not imagine the true extent if we have not become Mother’s ourselves.

Love, true love, is what started these lives and what brought forth the reason to fight for those lives. Today, history repeats over and over again. When will those that have no love for themselves or those that have lost love for themselves stop inflicting pain on others or make attempts to take life away from others?

Society is a mix of many nations and we must learn to respect those that fought so hard to preserve their place in history out of the love that brought them there in the beginning. Each group, has intertwined with the other. Let us ALL value our own life to value the life of others - to preserve and continue the life of ALL.

Leslie H. Bilotta
Sebastian, FL

The vengeance of mothers

I was expecting a better read after devouring 100 White Women. I found this book was long and drawn out before getting to the exciting parts. I have put it down for awhile and try again to finish it later.

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The Vengeance of Mothers
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 12, 2017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, One Thousand White Women Series
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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