Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom / Edition 1

Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom / Edition 1

by Tiya Miles
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520250028

ISBN-13: 9780520250024

Pub. Date: 08/07/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

This beautifully written book, now in its second edition, tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family.
In the late 1790s, Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, acquired an African slave named Doll. Over the next thirty years, Shoe Boots and Doll lived together as master and slave and also as lifelong partners who, with

Overview

This beautifully written book, now in its second edition, tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family.
In the late 1790s, Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, acquired an African slave named Doll. Over the next thirty years, Shoe Boots and Doll lived together as master and slave and also as lifelong partners who, with their children and grandchildren, experienced key events in American history—including slavery, the Creek War, the founding of the Cherokee Nation and subsequent removal of Native Americans along the Trail of Tears, and the Civil War. This is the gripping story of their lives, in slavery and in freedom.

Meticulously crafted from historical and literary sources, Ties That Bind vividly portrays the members of the Shoeboots family. Doll emerges as an especially poignant character, whose life is mostly known through the records of things done to her—her purchase, her marriage, the loss of her children—but also through her moving petition to the federal government for the pension owed to her as Shoe Boots's widow. A sensitive rendition of the hard realities of black slavery within Native American nations, the book provides the fullest picture we have of the myriad complexities, ironies, and tensions among African Americans, Native Americans, and whites in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Updated with a new preface and an appendix of key primary sources, this remains an essential book for students of Native American history, African American history, and the history of race and ethnicity in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250024
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/07/2006
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
327
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
SHOEBOOTS FAMILY TREE
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION

PART ONE
BONE OF MY BONE:
SLAVERY, RACE, AND NATION—EAST

1. CAPTIVITY
2. SLAVERY
3. MOTHERHOOD
4. PROPERTY
5. CHRISTIANITY
6. NATIONHOOD
7. GOLD RUSH

PART TWO
OF BLOOD AND BONE:
FREEDOM, KINSHIP, AND CITIZENSHIP—WEST

8. REMOVAL
9. CAPTURE
10. FREEDOM
EPILOGUE: CITIZENSHIP
CODA: THE SHOEBOOTS FAMILY TODAY

APPENDIX 1. RESEARCH METHODS AND CHALLENGES
APPENDIX 2. DEFINITION AND USE OF TERMS
APPENDIX 3. CHEROKEE NAMES AND MISTAKEN IDENTITIES
APPENDIX 4. PRIMARY SOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY

NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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