Finding Common Ground focuses on the complex history of African Americans and Native Americans and how their intertwined stories have become an essential part of American identity. In this segment, Tiya Miles, professor at the University of Michigan, speaks on “The First and the Forced: Tracing Historical Overlaps in Native and Black America.”
Tiya Miles is a professor at the University of Michigan in the department of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, and Women’s Studies, and in the Native American Studies Program. Her research interests include African American and Native American intersectional and comparative histories and narratives—especially in the 19th century, as well as slavery, public history, and the historical experiences of women of color. Her books include ” That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom,”
“The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story,” and most recently, “The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.” Miles’s numerous fellowships and awards include being named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2011. Finding Common Ground is a collaboration between the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was webcast and recorded in the Rasumson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on February 15, 2018.