Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

About the Taft Award

The Philip Taft Labor History Award is an annual competition open to any book or books published in the 2020 calendar year relating to the history of American Labor.  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, 2020.   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 the 2020 Taft Award was Vincent DiGirolamo for his book Crying the News:  A History of America‚Äôs Newsboys (Oxford University Press).  Honorable Mentions were awarded to Toni Gilpin for The Long Deep Grudge:  A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland (Haymarket Books) and Jessica Wilkerson for To Live Here You Have to Fight:  How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice (University of Illinois Press).  The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the 2021 LAWCHA annual meeting held in Chicago, Illinois, May 26-28, 2021.


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