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

TitleTies That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMiles, Tiya
Number of Pages378
PublisherUniversity of California Press
CityOakland, CA

This book tells 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. Crafted from historical and literary sources, this volume portrays the members of the Shoeboots family. 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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