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Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal

Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

Abstract

The 1920s Jazz Age is remembered for flappers and speakeasies, not for the success of a declining labor movement. A more complex story was unfolding among the young women and men in the hosiery mills of Kensington, the working-class heart of Philadelphia. Their product was silk stockings, the iconic fashion item of the flapper culture then sweeping America and the world. Although the young people who flooded into this booming industry were avid participants in Jazz Age culture, they also embraced a surprising, rights-based labor movement, headed by the socialist-led American Federation of Full ... More

Keywords: Socialism, Philadelphia, Kensington, Jazz Age, Silk Stockings, Flapper, American Federation of Full-Fashioned Hosiery workers, Union, Youth Culture, Radical Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632957
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, author