Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South
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New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
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9780316337540, 0316337544
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Indian Prairie Public Library District - 1st Floor - Subjects  1 available
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Book
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
x, 420 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Language
English

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Map on end papers.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographic references (pages 353-404) and index.
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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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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Macy, B. (2016). Truevine: two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Macy, Beth. 2016. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest : A True Story of the Jim Crow South. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Macy, Beth. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest : A True Story of the Jim Crow South New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Macy, Beth. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest : A True Story of the Jim Crow South First edition., Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

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