Award Recipients

2018 Award Recipient

Sarah F. Rose

The Philip Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History has now completed its tenth year as a joint committee of LAWCHA and the Cornell ILR School and its 40th year as an award.  The Taft Prize Committee this year consisted of Ileen DeVault (Chair, ILR – Cornell), Louis Hyman (ILR – Cornell), Matthew Basso (University of Utah, LAWCHA), Talitha LeFlouria (University of Virginia, LAWCHA) and Maria Montoya (NYU, LAWCHA). 

The committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 prize for the best book in labor and working-class history published in 2017 is Sarah F. Rose’s No Right to Be Idle:  The Invention of Disability, 1840s-1930s, published by The University of North Carolina Press.  Combining the new field of disability studies with that of labor history, this book offers new and compelling insights in every chapter.  Lucidly written and meticulously researched, No Right to Be Idle makes carefully considered and nuanced arguments about the spectrum of productivity and the changes the transition to mechanized labor brought on the policy front in regard to disability, and, crucially, to the lives of workers we now call disabled.  This pathbreaking book promises to be profoundly influential.