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 2019 calendar year relating to the history of American Labor. The prize 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. I invite your nomination of any and every eligible book for consideration.

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, 2019. We will accept page proofs for books published during the last two weeks of December. The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the 2020 LAWCHA annual meeting held at the OAH annual meeting in Washington DC, April 2-5, 2020.

The co-winners of the 2019 Taft Award were Peter Cole for his book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area (University of Illinois Press) and Joshua B. Freeman for his book Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (W.W. Norton & Company).


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