The Most They Ever Had

The Most They Ever Had

Rick Bragg


In spring of 2001, a group of individuals within the Appalachian foothills got here to the sting of all they'd ever been. around the South, padlocks and logging chains sure the doorways of silent generators, and it appeared a miracle to blue-collar humans in Jacksonville, Alabama, that their mill survived. The century-old hardwood flooring nonetheless trembled less than whirling metal, and other people labored on in a mist of white air. The mill had turn into virtually a residing factor, lucrative the hard-working and cautious with the simplest payday they ever had, yet punishing the careless and clumsy, taking a finger, a hand, extra. The mill preceded the car, the aircraft, they usually served it whilst it stuffed their lungs with lint and shortened their lives. In go back, it allow them to dwell in stiff-necked dignity within the hills in their fathers. In those real-life tales, Rick Bragg brilliantly conjures up the hardscrabble lives of these who lived and died by way of an American cotton mill.

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