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Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom

Tiya Miles


This book, now in its second edition, tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. In the late 1790s, Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, acquired an African slave named Doll. Over the next thirty years, Shoe Boots and Doll lived together as master and slave and also as lifelong partners who, with their children and grandchildren, experienced key events in American history—including slavery, the Creek War, the founding of the Cherokee Nation and subsequent removal of Native Americans along the Trail of Tears, and the Civil War. This is the story of the ... More

Keywords: American family, Shoe Boots, Cherokee warrior, African slave, Doll, slave master, black slavery, Creek War, Cherokee Nation, Native Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285637
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiya Miles, author
University of Michigan