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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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(p.100) Six Nationhood
Ties That Bind

Tiya Miles

University of California Press

This chapter follows the development of the new Cherokee national government in the 1820s. It is a major turning point in Cherokee history that not only articulated Cherokee sovereignty in a language that U.S. officials could recognize, but also legalized Cherokee slaveholding and formalized black exclusion from Cherokee citizenship. With the construction of the centrally governed Cherokee republic, the fluid structure of Cherokee and black interactions would undergo a fundamental shift. A paradoxical relationship between slavery and freedom, as well as between state formation and racial formation, was also developing in the Cherokee republic of the 1820s. Cherokee lawmakers solidified the identity of their republic through the definition and regulation of racial categories. But ultimately, the primary aim of the new Cherokee republic and its constitution was to proclaim and maintain Cherokee sovereignty.

Keywords:   Cherokee national government, Cherokee sovereignty, Cherokee slaveholding, black exclusion, slavery, freedom, racial categories

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