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Ties That Bind

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

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Ties That Bind by Tiya Miles
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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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
September 8th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
14 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration, 4 maps
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
327
Dimensions
152x229x22
ISBN-13
9780520250024
Product ID
1907028

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