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The story of the mill people of Jacksonville, Alabama.

In spring 2001, a community of people in the Appalachian foothills had come to the edge of all they had ever been. Now they stood looking down, bitter, angry, afraid. Across the South, padlocks and logging chains bound the doors of silent mills, and it seemed a miracle to blue-collar people in Jacksonville, Alabama, that their mill still bit, shook, and roared. 

The century-old hardwood floors still trembled under whirling steel, and people worked on, in a mist of white air. The mill had become almost a living thing, rewarding the hard-working and careful with the best payday they ever had, but punishing the careless and clumsy, taking a finger, a hand, more.

April 30
MacAdam Cage
MP Publishing, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Sargenl ,

The Most They Ever Had

Heartwrenching stories of the cotton mill and textile workers of the deep south in the of the early twentieth century. A good read, a good history lesson, and a moving book about the simple joys, crushing work ethic and terrible health effects (brwon lung) of living and working in the mill towns of depression era America.

RayNelson ,

The Best They Ever Had

In his signature style of classic story-telling and southern flavor,
Bragg evokes the ghosts of a generation not long past; a folk whose legacy was a work ethic born of necessity, honesty, and
Illimitable courage. Nostalgia mixes with pity--and with admira-
tion--in this memoir of a south that will not come again. Nor should it.

UdaCommish ,

The Most They Ever Had

Stories that needed to be told, stories that need to be remembered.

Rick Bragg delivers their history and brings dignity where it has long been so deserved. God bless those people.

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