New York Labor History Association
The 2022 Bellush Prize is being awarded to Rachel B. Tiven of the CUNY Graduate Center for her paper, “‘The Women Themselves’: Working Women’s Opposition to Protective Labor Legislation in New York, 1913-1921.” Tiven has written a probing study of the organization of the Equal Opportunity League in NY which opposed Federal Industrial Commission laws that would have prohibited night work by women. Focusing on women printers and street car operators she offers an excellent study of a debate that continues to this day between those who supported protective legislation and those who worked for equal rights for women
The Wertheimer Prize is being awarded to Peter Baltes, his essay, “An Occupied Aly: The U.S. Army’s Defeat of the 1919 Steel Strike in Gary, Indiana and the Colonial Origins of the Domestic Surveillance State.” An undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, Baltes has investigated the role played by the Bureau of Military Intelligence in breaking the strike by Gary steel workers. The direct and bloody intervention by the federal government was an early example of military support on the side of capital. He views this policy growing out of colonial attitudes by military leaders toward strikes in the Philippines.
BARBARA WERTHEIMER PRIZE IN LABOR HISTORY
To recognize serious study in American labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best unpublished research paper written during the previous academic year. Please do not submit an essay of more than fifty pages. Wertheimer was a leading labor educator and scholar.
BERNARD BELLUSH PRIZE
The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding unpublished scholarship by graduate students in American labor and work history. Please do not submit published work or a full dissertation. The Bellush Prize honors the contribution to labor history made by Bernie Bellush, as a scholar and as an activist.
Both the Bellush and Wertheimer Prize provide an award of $250 for the best research paper written during the 2021-2022 academic year. An abstract of each paper will be posted on the NYLHA website. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their work. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit.
Entrants should email their paper to:
The deadline is July 1, 2023.