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The Resource 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

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Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South
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Truevine
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two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South
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Beth Macy
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eng
Summary
  • 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
  • "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"--Publisher description
Biography type
collective biography
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Macy, Beth
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  • 973/.049607300922
  • B
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print peer picks
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  • Muse, George
  • Muse, Willie
  • African Americans
  • African American boys
  • Albinos and albinism
  • Children of sharecroppers
  • Mothers and sons
  • Kidnapping
  • Child circus performers
  • Racism in popular culture
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / United States / General
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Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South, Beth Macy
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn959258027
Dimensions
23 cm
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Large print edition.
Extent
609 pages
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large print
Isbn
9781410496188
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(hardcover)
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2016042633
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)959258027
Label
Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South, Beth Macy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn959258027
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
609 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410496188
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016042633
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)959258027

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