in conversation with
for her new book
Silk Stockings and Socialism:
Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal
In this first history of this remarkable union, Sharon McConnell-Sidorick reveals how activists ingeniously fused youth culture and radical politics to build a subculture that included dances and parties as well as picket lines and sit-down strikes, while forging a vision for social change. In documenting AFFFHW members and the Kensington community, McConnell-Sidorick shows how labor federations like the Congress of Industrial Organizations and government programs like the New Deal did not spring from the heads of union leaders or policy experts but were instead nurtured by grassroots social movements across America.
Sharon McConnell-Sidorick is an historian, author, and activist who grew up in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. She attended the University of Pennsylvania on a Bread Upon the Waters scholarship and earned her Ph.D. in History from Temple University. The University of North Carolina Press published her first book, Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal, in 2017.
Nathaniel Popkin is a writer, editor, historian, journalist, and the author of three books, including the forthcoming Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (Temple Press) and a novel, Lion and Leopard (The Head and the Hand Press). He is the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment," for which his work has been recognized with several Emmy awards, and the co-editor of the Hidden City Daily, a web magazine that covers architecture, design, planning, and preservation in Philadelphia.. He’s the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine, as well as a prolific book critic—and National Book Critics Circle member—focusing on literary fiction and works in translation. He contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Millions, and the Kenyon Review, among other publications. Popkin received a BA, Philosophy from University of Pennsylvania in 1991 a MCP from University of Pennsylvania School of Design in 1994. He attended Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris in 1998.