Truevine: two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest: a true story of the Jim Crow South

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.
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141049618
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display_description Beth Macy, master chronicler of life in the South, combines exhaustive research, exclusive interviews and sources, and attention to detail in this riveting American story about race, greed, and a mother's love. George and Willie Muse from Truevine, Virginia were two little boys born in a brutal time, sharecropping a field in the segregated South, stolen away by a white man offering candy, and set on a path of events that would forever change their lives--and their family's destiny. -- A true story of two albino African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a decades-long struggle to find them and to get justice for her family. The year was 1899, and the old people told the story: the place, a sweltering tobacco community in the Jim Crow South called Truevine, where everyone they knew was either a former slave or a child or grandchild of slaves. Though the narrative of George and Willie Muse has been passed down for over a century, no writer has ever gotten this close to the beating heart of their story and its mysteries: Were they really kidnapped and put into servitude by the circus? How did their mother, a black maid toiling under the harsh restrictions of segregation, bring them home? And why, after getting there, would they ever want to go back? At the height of their fame, the Muse brothers performed for British royalty and headlined more than a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were fine musicians and global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success hinged on the color of their skin and on the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even 'Ambassadors from Mars." Beth Macy is a master chronicler of life in the South, and her exclusive interviews and sources make for a riveting American story about race, greed, and a mother's love. These were two little boys born in a brutal time, sharecropping a field in the segregated South, stolen away by a white man offering candy, and set on a path of events that would forever change their lives--and their family's destiny.--Adapted from dust jacket.
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subject_facet African American boys -- Virginia -- Roanoke Region -- Biography, African Americans -- Biography, Albinos and albinism -- Biography, Albinos and albinism -- Virginia -- Roanoke Region -- Biography, Child circus performers -- Biography, Children of sharecroppers -- Virginia -- Biography, Children of sharecroppers -- Virginia -- Roanoke Region -- Biography, Circus performers -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography, Kidnapping -- Virginia -- Roanoke Region -- History, Mothers and sons -- Virginia -- Roanoke Region -- Biography, Muse, George, Muse, George, -- 1890-1971, Muse, Willie, Muse, Willie, -- 1893-2001, Racism in popular culture -- History, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows -- History
title_display Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest: a true story of the Jim Crow South
title_full Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South / Beth Macy, Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest: a true story of the Jim Crow South / Beth Macy, Truevine Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
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title_sub two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest: a true story of the Jim Crow South
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, History, Multi-Cultural, Nonfiction