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 preceding 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 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 back later for full nomination information.

The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the 2021 LAWCHA annual meeting.


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