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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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  • LARGE TYPE 791.35 M1778 (OSH)

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Large print edition.

Publication Information

Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.

Physical Description

609 pages (large print), 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 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.

'The year was 1899; the place a sweltering tobacco farm in Truevine, Virginia. One day a white man offered candy to George and Willie Muse, two little sons of sharecroppers. Captured into the circus, the brothers would perform for British Royalty and headline shows at Madison Square Garden -- a success rooted in the color of their skin and the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume. Their mother spent 28 years trying to get them back. Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications today." -- Back cover.


  • 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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