New York Labor History Association
The 2021 Bellush Prize is being awarded to Ben Schmack, University of Kansas, Department of American Studies for his paper, “Defending the Southland: The Ku Klux Klan’s War on Communism in the 1930s.” Schmack essay focused on the Ku Klux Klan's expressly anticommunist reaction to Communist Party USA organizing drives in the South.
The Wertheimer Prize is being awarded to Michelle Lokken, The Honors College University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for her honor’s thesis, “Catherine Conroy: Bridging the Gap Between the Labor Movement and the Women’s Movement 1942-1989.“ Bridging the gap between the labor movement and the women’s movement, Conroy’s work as an activist made a lasting impact.
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students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best unpublished research paper written during the previous academic year. 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The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding unpublished scholarship by graduate students in American labor and work history.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, 2022.