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Mills Provost Wins Philip Taft Labor History Book Award

Oakland, CA–July 03, 2013 Mills College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Kimberley Phillips has been awarded the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for her book, War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Phillips received the prestigious award from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, which seeks to inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. Formerly the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Phillips joined the Mills faculty on July 1, 2013.

Recognized as one of the best books on labor and working-class history, War! What Is It Good For? traces the history of African American service in the military from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The book examines the participation of African Americans in the nation's wars and their impact on American culture and on the Black Freedom Movement.

The award is named after Philip Taft (1902–76), one of the nation's foremost historians of the American labor movement.


Last Updated: 7/3/13