An Extraordinary True Story of Two Brothers and a Mother's Love
George and Willie Muse were just six and nine years old, but they worked the fields from dawn to dark. Les mer
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George and Willie Muse were just six and nine years old, but they worked the fields from dawn to dark. Until a white man offered them candy and stole them away to become circus freaks. For the next twenty-eight years, their distraught mother struggled to get them back. But were they really kidnapped? And how did their mother, a barely literate black woman in the segregated South, manage to bring them home? And why, after coming home, would they want to go back to the circus?
In Truevine, bestselling author Beth Macy reveals for the first time what really happened to the Muse brothers. It is an unforgettable story of cruelty and exploitation, but also of loyalty, determination and love.
Introduction - i: Prologue: I Am the True Vine Chapter - 1: Sit Down and Shut Up Chapter - 2: White Peoples Is Hateful Chapter - 3: And Still the Cry Against Us Continues Chapter - 4: your Momma Is Dead Chapter - 5: Some Serious Secrets Chapter - 6: A Paying Proposition Chapter - 7: He Who Hustleth While He Waiteth Chapter - 8: Comma, Colored Chapter - 9: The Prodigal Sons Chapter - 10: Not One Single, Solitary, Red Penny Chapter - 11: Adultery's Siamese Twin Chapter - 12: Housekeeping! Chapter - 13: Practically Imbeciles Chapter - 14: Very Good Old Colored Woman Chapter - 15: Wilbur and John Chapter - 16: God is Good to Me Section - ii: Epilogue: Markers Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements Section - iv: Notes Index - v: Index
An extraordinary and moving story of two brothers from the American South who were stolen away to become circus freaks.