Ties That Bind The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom

ISBN-10: 0520250028

ISBN-13: 9780520250024

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Authors: Tiya Miles
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Description: 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 Bindvividly 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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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 327
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Tiya Miles is associate professor of history, American culture, Afro-American studies, and Native American studies at the University of Michigan. Her first book,Ties That Bind: The Story of An Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, won the Organization of American Historians' Turner Prize and the American Studies Association's Romero Prize.

List of Illustrations
Shoeboots Family Tree
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Bone of my Bone: Slavery, Race, and Nation-East
Captivity
Slavery
Motherhood
Property
Christianity
Nationhood
Gold Rush
Of Blood and Bone: Freedom, Kinship, and Citizenship-West
Removal
Capture
Freedom
Epilogue: Citizenship
Coda: The Shoeboots Family Today
Research Methods and Challenges
Definition and Use of Terms
Cherokee Names and Mistaken Identities
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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