- 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.1) Introduction
- Ties That Bind
- University of California Press
This introductory chapter explains that writing history consists of arranging elements into storylines, and that constructing a storyline for the history of an Afro-Cherokee family in the contexts of colonialism, slavery, and nation-building can be quite challenging. As a result, the book narrates two stories at once. One storyline is the arc of Cherokee history: federal and local challenges to Cherokee nationalism, forced removal, and the rebuilding of the Cherokee Nation in the West. The second storyline is the history of black slaves in Native America, a significant location in the African diaspora that many slavery studies overlook. This bifurcation of narratives is magnified by a conflicting recognition by members of different communities of the relative importance of historical events.
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