Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and A Mother's Quest : A True Story of the Jim Crow SouthBook - 2016
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. -- adapted from dust jacket.
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"Discrimination! Why that is exactly what we propose." boasted constitution delegate and future senator Carter Glass when asked whether the new voting restrictions were discriminatory.
The goal, Glass explained , had been "the elimination of every Negro who can be gotten rid of, legally, without materially impairing the strength of the white electorate."
To celebrate the news constitution and the complementary Jim Crow laws that banned the mixing of races in public places, restrooms, trains, and water fountains, municipalities across Virginia planted oak saplings in courthouse squares.
"When he's ninety-nine, doctors install a pacemaker with a battery designed to last seven years. "God is good to me," he says, again, when the battery keeps ticking beyond seven years, then eight. And so does Willie Muse." p. 323
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