About the Taft Award
~2013 Nomination Information~
I am pleased to announce the beginning of the annual competition for the Philip Taft Labor History Award. The competition is open to any book (or books) published in 2012 relating to the history of American labor. I invite your nomination of any and every eligible book for consideration.
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.
Enclosed is a copy of the guidelines followed by the Award Committee. Also enclosed is a list of the names and mailing address of Award Committee members. A copy of each nominated book should be sent directly to each member of the Award Committee at the address listed. 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, 2012. (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.
The winner of the 2012 Taft Award was Cindy Hahamovitch for her book No Man's Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (Princeton University Press).
Ileen A. DeVault
Chair, Philip Taft Labor History Award Committee