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Ties That BindThe Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom$
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Tiya Miles

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285637

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285637.001.0001

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Ties That Bind

Tiya Miles

University of California Press

This chapter provides an overview of the development of African slavery among the Cherokees, reprises the debate over the comparison of white and Indian slaveholding, and speculates about Doll's arrival in Cherokee country. Cherokee slaveholding was a flexible practice in comparison to slavery in the American South in the late 1700s, where controlling and brutal measures were deeply ingrained. However, at the turn of the nineteenth century, the ideology and enactment of antiblack prejudice would make slow but steady progress in Cherokee country, affecting African slaves, free blacks in Cherokee territory, and the children who were the products of African–Cherokee marriages. The combination of increasing white–Cherokee intermarriage, a growing slave population, and white racism against blacks negatively influenced Cherokee attitudes toward African people.

Keywords:   African slavery, Cherokee country, Cherokee slaveholding, American South, antiblack prejudice, African–Cherokee marriages, white–Cherokee intermarriage

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