April 6-9, 2017
New Orleans, United States

Please join us at the Organization of American Historians meeting in New Orleans. Our key event is a Saturday luncheon where we will announce awards and hear a keynote address by Talitha LaFlouria, winner of last year’s Philip Taft prize. Reservations are required and need to be made before April 1.

In addition, LAWCHA is sponsoring eighteen panels and roundtables.

Saturday, April 8

Labor and Working-Class History Association Luncheon

Working for a Nickel or Nothing: Black Women and Prison Labor in the Era(s) of Mass Incarceration
Cost: $50
Sponsored by the Labor and Working-Class Association (LAWCHA)


  • James Gregory, University of Washington
  • Talitha LeFlouria, University of Virginia

Join LAWCHA president James Gregory for updates on the activities, prize winners, and future plans of the association that brings together scholars interested in the history of labor and the working class. The lunch will also feature a keynote address from Talitha LeFlouria, winner of the 2016 Taft Prize, among other awards.

Talitha LeFlouria is associate professor of African American Studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award and the 2016 Philip Taft Labor History Award for best book in labor history from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Labor and Working-Class History Association.

LAWCHA is able to subsidize the lunch tickets for graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Liesl Orenic at [email protected] for further information.