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

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University of California Press, 2006 - History - 306 pages
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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.
 

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What I have read of this book I have enjoy tremendously there are some parts that I can relate to because of things my father told me before he die in regards to his heritage and background. My father's mother ,my grandmother used to take my two sisters with her to Alabama to visit her relatives on the Indian Cherokee reservation who I am told by my father and his sister were their mother people I Believe the reservation was located in Pickens county and then 1910 Cecsus she was listed as Mulatto in Cochran,Pickens,Alabama,United States,her name is Minnie Stewart, her parents were Emette Stewart and Molly Stewart and in 1898 her sister Moseta Stewart was 8 and Relia Stewart was 4 and her brothers Emette Stewart Jr. was 6 and Henry Stewart was 2.
My name is Earl Rogers Jr I am the grandson of Minnie Stewart, Great grandson of Emette and Corrie of Alabama and I live in St. Louis Missouri I was born in 1938 to the son of Minnie Stewart ,Earl Rogers
e-mail-rogersjrkhalid@aol.com
 

Contents

Captivity
13
Slavery
25
Motherhood
44
Property
64
Christianity
85
Nationhood
100
Gold Rush
129
Of Blood and Bone Freedom Kinship and CitizenshipWest
145
Freedom
179
Citizenship
191
The Shoeboots Family Today
204
Research Methods and Challenges
207
Definition and Use of Terms
214
Cherokee Names and Mistaken Identities
216
Notes
219
Selected Bibliography
273

Removal
149
Capture
162

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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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