Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

About the Taft Award

The 40th annual competition for the Philip Taft Labor History award is now open!   The competition is open to any book or books published in the 2017 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, 2017.  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 LAWCHA meeting held at the OAH annual meeting held on April 12-14, 2018, in Sacramento, California. 

The winner of the 2017 Taft Award was LaShawn Harris for her book Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners:  Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press).  


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