Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

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2014 Award Recipient

Matthew L. Basso


The Philip Taft Labor History Prize Committee, made up of Jefferson Cowie, Ileen DeVault, Thavolia Glymph, Laurie Green, and Seth Rockman is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 prize for the best book in labor and working-class history published in 2013.  The winner of this year’s prize is Matthew L. Basso for his book Meet Joe Copper:  Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front (University of Chicago Press). 

Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front opens up new areas of working-class history in its exploration of white, working class masculinity on the home front during the war.  Through impressive research, Basso's examination of the often overlooked wartime production workers provides a fresh interpretation of how race, gender, ethnicity, and wartime mobilization both challenged and sustained social norms and working-class values.  Meet Joe Copper will serve as a benchmark for future scholarship on questions of class and gender.