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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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  • 791.35 M1778 (CEN)

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First edition.

Publication Information

New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

Physical Description

420 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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.


  • Prologue: I am the true vine
  • Sit down and shut up
  • White peoples is hateful
  • And still the cry against us continues
  • Your momma is dead
  • Some serious secrets
  • A paying proposition
  • He who hustleth while he waiteth
  • Comma, colored
  • The prodigal son
  • Not one single, solitary red penny
  • Adultery's siamese twin
  • Housekeeping!
  • Practically imbeciles
  • Very good old colored woman
  • Wilbur and John
  • God is good to me
  • Epilogue: markers.

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