The Most They Ever Had (Hardcover)
January 2010 Indie Next List
“Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg has written a powerful account of the lives of the good, hardworking people who were employed in the cotton mill in Jacksonville, Alabama. In giving them the respect and dignity they deserve he reminds us of a set of values and a way of life that defined our country far better than the lust for the deal and fast money. This book is a powerhouse!”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
In spring of 2001, across the South, padlocks and logging chains bind the doors of silent mills, and it seems a miracle to blue-collar people in Jacksonville, Alabama, that their mill survived. In these real-life stories, Pulitzer Prize winner Bragg brilliantly evokes the hardscrabble lives of those who lived and died by an American cotton mill.
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