- Title Pages
- The George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies
- Shoeboots Family Tree
- Preface to the Second Edition
- Preface to the First Edition
- Part One Bone of My Bone: Slavery, Race, and Nation—East
- One Captivity
- Two Slavery
- Three Motherhood
- Four Property
- Five Christianity
- Six Nationhood
- Seven Gold Rush
- Part Two of Blood and Bone: Freedom, Kinship, and Citizenship—West
- Eight Removal
- Nine Capture
- Ten Freedom
- Epilogue Citizenship
- Coda The Shoeboots Family Today
- Appendix One Research Methods and Challenges
- Appendix Two Definition and Use of Terms
- Appendix Three Cherokee Names and Mistaken Identities
- Appendix Four Primary Sources for Further Study
- Selected Bibliography
- American Crossroads
- (p.149) Eight Removal
- Ties That Bind
- University of California Press
This chapter describes the history of Indian Removal under the leadership of Andrew Jackson, explores the spiritual and psychological impact of dislocation among Cherokees and their black slaves, and offers an interpretation of why the Cherokee–African relations worsened in the aftermath of forced relocation. In 1802, the U.S. government entered into an agreement with the state of Georgia, promising to expel the Indians in exchange for Georgia's relinquishment of particular lands in the West. If slavery is the monumental tragedy of the African American experience, then removal plays the same role in the American Indian experience. Crucial to making sense of the decline in relations between Cherokees and blacks in the West is poet Diane Glancy's paradigm of place. For Native peoples, place was paramount in maintaining cultural values and moral relationships. Displacement, therefore, was likely to weaken those values and relationships.
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