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One Thousand White Women Themes

Jim Fergus
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The prevailing theme of this novel is that of prejudice and bigotry. The treatment of the "savage" Native Americans by the white army is unconscionable. Broken treaties, trickery, disrespect and violation of the Indians in this country were the norm. As there was no real understanding of the ways of the Indians, white people assumed that they were animals and considered them disposable.

The hatred shown African Americans is portrayed through Phemie's character. Daisy, who is from the south, blatantly insults Phemie and uses the term "niggah" freely. Daisy even calls the Indians "niggah" as their skin is darker.

Moral judgment of women who do not fit into accepted social standards is explored, with the assumption on the part of many that the Indian brides are whores. The self-righteous prejudice and bigotry shown by Reverend Hare and Narcissa White toward everyone who does not practice their religion strikes...

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