Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

About the Taft Award

I am pleased to announce the beginning of the annual competition for the Philip Taft Labor History Award.  The 2017 competition is open to any book or books published in the 2016 calendar year relating to the history of American Labor.  The prize committee defines "labor history" in a broad sense to include the history of workers (free and unfree, organized and unorganized), their institutions, and their workplaces, as well as the broader historical trends that have shaped working-class life, including but not limited to: immigration, slavery, community, the state, race, gender, and ethnicity.

A copy of each nominated book should be sent directly to each member of the Award Committee at the address listed in the Submission Guidelines.  The Award is offered by the ILR School at Cornell University, in cooperation with the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).

Please nominate books no later than December 15, 2016.  We will accept page proofs for books published during the last two weeks of December.  The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the Spring LAWCHA meeting held on June 23-25, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.

The co-winners of the 2016 Taft Award are Talitha L. LeFlouria for Chained in Silence:  Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (The University of North Carolina Press) and Nancy Woloch for A Class by Herself:  Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s (Princeton University Press). 


Ileen A. DeVault
Chair, Philip Taft Labor History Award Committee