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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.
Tiya Miles is Assistant Professor in the Program in American Culture, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan
Table of Contents
|LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS||ix|
|SHOEBOOTS FAMILY TREE||xi|
|PART ONE BONE OF MY BONE: SLAVERY, RACE, AND NATIONóEAST|
|PART TWO OF BLOOD AND BONE: FREEDOM, KINSHIP, AND CITIZENSHIPóWEST|
|Coda: The Shoeboots Family Today||204||(3)|
|APPENDIX 1. RESEARCH METHODS AND CHALLENGES||207||(7)|
|APPENDIX 2. DEFINITION AND USE OF TERMS||214||(2)|
|APPENDIX 3. CHEROKEE NAMES AND MISTAKEN IDENTITIES||216||(3)|