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The H. L. Mitchell Award

The H. L. Mitchell Award is awarded for recognition of a distinguished book concerning the history of the southern working class, including but not limited to industrial laborers and/or small farmers and agricultural laborers. Awarded in even-numbered years for a book published during the two preceding years, it will next be awarded at the 2014 annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, for a book published during 2012 and 2013. Entries should be submitted to the committee members listed below before March 1, 2014.


Alan I Marcus, Chair
Head, Department of History
Mailbox H
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Elizabeth G. McRae
Department of History
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Steven A. Reich
Department of History
James Madison University
58 Bluestone Drive, MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA  22807

The 2012 H. L. Mitchell Award Committee selected as co-winners Erik S. Gellman and Jarod Roll for their book The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America, published by the University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Past Winners

1994 - Emilio Zamora
The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas, Texas A&M University Press, 1993

1996 - No award given.

1998 - Tera W. Hunter
To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War, Harvard University Press, 1997

2000 - Michael Honey
Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle, University of California Press, 1999

2002 - Brian Kelly
Race, Class, and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-1921, University of Illinois Press, 2001

2004 - Robert Korstad
Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, University of North Carolina Press, 2003

2006 - William P. Jones
The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South, University of Illinois Press, 2005

2008 - Michael K. Honey
Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike: Martin Luther King's Last Champaign, W. W. Norton & Co., 2007

2010 - Seth Rockman
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009

 

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