Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

About the Taft Award

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 the 2021 calendar year relating to the history of American Labor.  I invite your nomination of any and every eligible book for consideration.  

The 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 hard 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, 2021.   We will accept page proofs for books published during the last two weeks of December. Please check the Submission Guidelines for full nomination information.  The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the 2022 LAWCHA annual meeting held during the OAH meeting in Boston, MA, March 31-April 3, 2022.

The 2021 Taft Labor History Award winner was Nate Holdren for his book Injury Impoverished:  Workplace Accidents, Capitalism, and Law in the Progressive Era published by Cambridge University Press. 


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