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

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Overview


This beautifully written book tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. It is the story of Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, and Doll, an African slave he acquired in the late 1790s. 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.

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New Haven Review

Along with a fascinating biography, this book offers an utterly original angle on American history itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520250024
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Series: American Crossroads Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 327
  • Sales rank: 570,897
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Tiya Miles is Assistant Professor in the Program in American Culture, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Shoeboots Family Tree
Preface
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
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Missing Link Found

    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.

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