- 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.162) Nine Capture
- Ties That Bind
- University of California Press
This chapter studies the experience of blacks and Afro-Cherokees on the Cherokee lands of Indian Territory by comparing two events: the mass escape known as the Cherokee slave revolt of 1842 and the kidnapping of Doll and Shoe Boots' free granddaughters by slavecatcher-bandits in 1847. As geographical, social, and moral boundaries fluctuated, the task of making distinctions between Cherokees and blacks became important to Cherokee political leaders. There was a deepening acceptance of slavery as a justifiable and profitable institution. The chapter also shows how the horror of the kidnapped Shoeboots girls' experience was a reality shared by thousands of black slave women, despite them being freeborn and Cherokee by blood. Race maintained not only the division between the free and unfree, but also between the legitimate and nonlegitimate. The kidnapped girls straddled the dividing line between these categories, likely producing anxiety among their Cherokee peers.
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