Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

About the Taft Award

The Philip Taft Labor History Award competition is open to any book or books published in the 2022 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, 2022.   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 2023 LAWCHA annual meeting.

The 2022 Taft Labor History Award co-winners are For a Just and Better World:  Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900-1938, written by Sonia Hern├índez and published by the University of Illinois Press, and Japanese American Incarceration:  The Camps and Coerced Labor During World War II, written by Stephanie Hinnershitz and published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 


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