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Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (American Crossroads #14)
by Tiya Miles (Goodreads Author)
This beautifully written book tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. It is the story of Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, and Doll, an African slave he acquired in the late 1790s. 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 gra ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published August 7th 2006 by University of California Press
(first published 2005)
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I feel kind of conflicted about this book because, on the one hand, it takes a stab at discussing a pretty controversial subject and I appreciate that. I think this book really just raises more questions for me though. Regarding the experiences of Shoe Boots' slave/concubine, Doll, Miles can't really get into her head. She asks a lot of questions about Doll that are impossible to answer. She relies on literature, like Beloved, to fill in these gaps, but it feels insufficient. I like that the boo ...more
Tiya Miles is from Ohio, "the heart of it all." She is the author of two prize-winning works of history on the intersections of African American and Cherokee experience. Her debut historical-contemporary novel based on this research, The Cherokee Rose, will be out in spring 2015. Her favorite activities are reading good books while her three children play happily outside, spending time in old hous ...moreMore about Tiya Miles...
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