Fighting for jobs in America’s former ‘Sock Capital of the World’

FORT PAYNE, Ala. – There used to be two kinds of socks. White socks to play ball, black socks to go to church. Then local manufacturers in this mountainous region, tucked between Birmingham and Chattanooga, invented the cushion sole sock during World War II for the army. The hosiery business hasn’t been the same since. Decades later, a fateful trade deal was signed and businesses chased cheaper wages in Central America in the 2000s. U.S. mills closed. Entire shop floors…...
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