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WIU Professor Peter Cole used wordsmith skill and historical knowledge to nab one of the country's oldest and most prestigious prize in labor history , the Philip Taft Prize.

 

Peter Cole's book, "Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, has been honored with the Philip Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History. There were 45 books nominated for the prize.

 

"I am deeply honored to have my book awarded the country's oldest and most prestigious prize in labor history," said Cole. "The list of previous books to win includes many of the most important in my field. As a cute side note, the other book with which mine shared the prize was authored by one of my professors from my undergraduate days. Somehow that seems fitting." Says Cole.

 

This week, he will return to South Africa to be part of three events centering on his book, including one at the Durban Literary Festival Saturday, June 22.