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New Haven Review
Along with a fascinating biography, this book offers an utterly original angle on American history itself.
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.
PART ONE. BONE OF MY BONE: SLAVERY, RACE, AND NATION—EAST
7. Gold Rush
PART TWO. OF BLOOD AND BONE: FREEDOM, KINSHIP, AND CITIZENSHIP—WEST
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
Posted December 29, 2005
It pays to surf genealogy resources and can find the books online. I read the excerpts that were available and was pleasantly surprised to find some genealogy help and it was in this book. I am a direct decendent of the Stephens' who decended from the Shoe Boots. I can now document my Afro-Cherokee connection, linking me to my missing heritage.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.