Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

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Submission Guidelines

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2015 Nomination Guidelines and Information


1.  The award may be made annually to that book judged by the Award Committee to be the outstanding book on American labor history published during the preceding calendar year.  The making of an award is not mandatory, however, and if, in the judgment of the Award Committee, no book is worthy of recognition, no award need be made.

2.  The award will carry with it a monetary prize of $2,000.00.

3.  Competition is limited to books published in the English language.

4. Subject matter must be United States labor history defined broadly enough to include histories of workers (free and unfree, organized and unorganized) as well as histories of 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.

5.  Books for the competition may be submitted by either the author or the publisher.  One copy of each nominated book should be submitted to every member of the Award Committee.

6.  Nominated books should be submitted no later than December 15, 2014.  Page proofs may be submitted in lieu of books to be published between Dec. 15, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.

7.  The award winner will be announced at the Spring 2015 LAWCHA meeting.


Names and addresses of the 2015 Philip Taft Labor History Award Committee will be announced soon. Please check back later.