Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Author Beth Macy
ISBN-10 0316337544
ISBN-13 9780316337540
Year 2016-10-18
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
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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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