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Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles (review)

Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles (review) Tiya Miles. Ties Th at Bind: Th e Story of an Afro- Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016. 416 pp. Paper, $29.95. Andrew Kettler, University of Toronto When Ties Th at Bind was fi rst released in 2005, the work represented a historiographical impetus to combine studies of African American and Native American pasts in discussions of slavery, colonialism, removal, and emancipation. For that original monograph, author Tiya Miles was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize. In the decade between that extremely engaged empirical monograph and the rerelease of her work in this necessary second edition, racial questions in American history and politics have faced tortuous ebbs and fl ows with the innumerable deaths of Katrina, the election of the fi rst black president, and the emer- gence of a strong white nationalist reactionary movement with consid- erable force in the present political period. As Miles summarizes in her new preface, these present racial concerns make her work even more revelatory for those on the Gulf Coast, where Katrina worked to unin- tentionally unveil the deep racism still churning beneath Atlantic tides. Th e aggressive empiricism that Miles applied throughout her work is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Indian Quarterly University of Nebraska Press

Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles (review)

The American Indian Quarterly , Volume 42 (2) – May 11, 2018

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Abstract

Tiya Miles. Ties Th at Bind: Th e Story of an Afro- Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016. 416 pp. Paper, $29.95. Andrew Kettler, University of Toronto When Ties Th at Bind was fi rst released in 2005, the work represented a historiographical impetus to combine studies of African American and Native American pasts in discussions of slavery, colonialism, removal, and emancipation. For that original monograph, author Tiya Miles was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize. In the decade between that extremely engaged empirical monograph and the rerelease of her work in this necessary second edition, racial questions in American history and politics have faced tortuous ebbs and fl ows with the innumerable deaths of Katrina, the election of the fi rst black president, and the emer- gence of a strong white nationalist reactionary movement with consid- erable force in the present political period. As Miles summarizes in her new preface, these present racial concerns make her work even more revelatory for those on the Gulf Coast, where Katrina worked to unin- tentionally unveil the deep racism still churning beneath Atlantic tides. Th e aggressive empiricism that Miles applied throughout her work is

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The American Indian QuarterlyUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 11, 2018

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