Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South (Large Print / Paperback)

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Thank you to NPR for introducing me to this book. When I read the interview with the author I found the story of George and Willie Muse fascinating. The Muse brothers were albino African American sons of a poor sharecropper named Harriet Muse who were kidnapped and placed in the circus freak show. I found the most amazing part of their story was their mother Harriet Muse. She never gave up searching for her sons and she did find them. She also took on Ringling Brothers circus for the boys back pay and won! The story of the Muse family takes many twists and turns but while I was reading this book my heart went out to George, Willie and Harriet. I couldn't help but want them to be reunited and to succeed. I wanted them to not feel the pain of living in Jim Crow south since they had already been through so much in their life. I feel this is a book you have to read to truly understand the scope of their lives and it is worth the read.

Heather G.

October 2016 Indie Next List


“Award-winning journalist Macy is an unrelenting researcher who combed through a wide variety of primary sources to tell a fascinating and heartbreaking story. In the early 20th century, Albino African American brothers are kidnapped by unscrupulous and racist circus managers who not only steal their earnings from their work as freak show performers, but also tell their mother that they are dead. This occurs during the height of the Jim Crow South, when black lives didn't matter and lynching was at its peak. The mother's persistent and heroic fight through legal channels to recoup her sons' wages and achieve a better standard of living is at the heart of this true story, an inside look at the historical depths of American racism.”
— Joan Grenier (E), Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432840044
ISBN-10: 1432840045
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2017
Language: English