Congratulations SLSA members, Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Ken Fones-Wolf, and Talitha LeFlouria, recent winners of three prestigious book awards!

37a35383-0346-4e4e-a952-30f1b5432810The Fones-Wolfs, professors in the Department of History at West Virginia University, are the recipients of the 2016 David Montgomery Award from the Organization of American Historians for their book, Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie. The book chronicles the role of religion in the CIO’s Operation Dixie, and the role of evangelical Protestantism in the battle for and against union membership during this important post-World War II organizing drive. The David Montgomery Award is given in recognition of former OAH president David Montgomery’s crucial role in pioneering new approaches to the study of working people and their history.


LeFlouria_pic3Talitha LeFlouria, currently a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, has received two awards for her book, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South: the 2016 Darlene Clark Hine Award, and the 2016 Philip Taft Labor History Award. Chained in Silence explores the lives, labors, and legacies of incarcerated black women and the convict lease system in the early 20th century South. The Darlene Clark Hine Award is presented by the Organization of American Historians to the best book in African American women’s and gender history. The Philip Taft Labor History Award is given by Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Labor and Working-Class History Association to the most outstanding book on American labor history.

You can listen to Ken Fones-Wolf and Talitha LaFlouria discuss their books on SLSA’s podcast, Working History.