The Most They Ever Had

The Most They Ever Had

by Rick Bragg
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The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg

The story of the mill people of Jacksonville, Alabama. The mill was here before the automobile, before the flying machine, and they served it even as it filled their lungs with lint and shortened their lives. In return, it let them live in stiff-necked dignity in the hills of their fathers. So, when death did come, no one had to ship their bodies home on a train. This is a mill story; not of bricks, steel, and cotton, but of the people who suffered it to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596928190
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 100,331
File size: 262 KB

About the Author

Rick Bragg is the author of five books including the bestsellers All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. He was born and raised on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Alabama, the mill town that is the subject of this book. A newspaper and magazine writer who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, Bragg is currently a professor of writing at The University of Alabama.


New Orleans, Louisiana

Date of Birth:

July 26, 1959

Place of Birth:

Possum Trot, Alabama


Attended Jacksonville State University for six months in 1970; attended Harvard University, 1992-1993

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The Most They Ever Had 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BookloverBN More than 1 year ago
I don't know what someone who is not from the South will think of this book. I am from there, from the places Rick Bragg writes about. I am from those people. I come from the red clay and the black dirt. This story of the mill people resonates in my bones, in my genes. It hums and throbs like those machines. It cuts through me like the mill whistle in my home town pierced through the air. This is not a story about the economy. Not a microcosm for what is happening all across the country. It is a story about the people in one small mill town. It is a story about what they felt, and what they knew, and what they had to do. It is a moving story. It is real. Bragg is eloquent as he listens to these people telling their stories, eloquent in letting their silences speak.
mljackson More than 1 year ago
Looking back 60 years ago my family was in the condition as his. If we were ""white trash" we just didn't know how the other half lived. As we grew we all learned to aspire for more. Bragg allowed me to recall much poverty from which I had move away, while reminding me of the important things I left behind. I will be reading every thing he writes.
koren56 More than 1 year ago
A story that needed to be told. While difficult to read because of the poverty and suffering of the people who worked in factories years ago, it is enlightening and heartbreaking. Heartbreaking because we know that the things that happened in this book are still happening in countries around the world. Today we cannot even imagine working for pennies a day and no benefits but that is what happened. I've often wondered... why dont they just leave, look for another job. Bragg gives incite into this question.
24-Booklover More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in a mill village in Georgia where both parents were Cotton Mill workers, I was curious to see how the author would present the people and places of my youth. I needn't have worried. His gritty portrayal of the harsh working conditions, the determined work ethic of the so-called "lint heads", and their fierce loyalty to the very mills that were slowly killing them was painfully accurate. To all the children of that era and especially to the survivors, this book is a tribute to a past that should not be forgotten. And, to those who had no connection to the cotton mills of the South, it is a portrait to the strong, hard-working men and women that helped propel our nation into the 21st Century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, Rick Bragg writes his people's history in a way that helps you to live and breathe it, and to make you understand .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And we are still doing this to people, when will we ever learn? As long as it's not us, we are OK with it? Even so, people all over the world are resilient and proud, willing to work for low wages under whatever conditions are available. This book should be required reading in high schools enabling the students to discuss the "classless" class system in the U.S. and all over the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just another great Rick Bragg book. If you have read his other books and wondered about some of the characters this wil "flesh that out". It is not a big book page wise but is packed with inspirational first person accounts of making a living the hard way. The folks in this book have a very hard life but do not complain or make excuses.Rick writes from his heart and the hearts of others and the result is wonderful.
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LordVader More than 1 year ago
Buy and read it, or if you have to, go to the library. America is not exactly what one sees on Must See TV.
BurlingtonMillsSon More than 1 year ago
Rick Bragg continues to write so realitically about his people - who are also the same people in our own lives. This new book shows how a changing economy and drive for profit in an unequal market affect our lives. Information technology has made the world flat - but it is not equally flat from a economic standpoint. Every politician, legislator, and business executive should read this book to gain a better understanding of how decisions impact lives.
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