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Silk Stockings and SocialismPhiladelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal$
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Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632957

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632957.001.0001

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Martyrs and Working-Class Heroes in the Great Depression

Martyrs and Working-Class Heroes in the Great Depression

(p.133) Chapter Five Martyrs and Working-Class Heroes in the Great Depression
Silk Stockings and Socialism

Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how hosiery workers went on the offensive against big business and government during the early years of the Great Depression while trying to aid those suffering the most. Hosiery workers joined with other unions and progressive organizations to form the Unemployed Leagues to stop the evictions of unemployed people, to assist with food and health care, and even birth control. In the course of a strike in 1930, the union lost its first martyr, Carl Mackley, and the ensuing memorial for this hero, attended by over 35,000 angry workers and residents of Kensington, raised the level of conflict for the remainder of the 1930s.

Keywords:   Martyr, Hero, Memorial, Great Depression, Unemployed Leagues, Health Care, Birth Control, Evictions

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