Congratulations to PUP author Cindy Hahamovitch, author of No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor.
This past weekend, Hahamovitch collected three rewards for No Man’s Land: the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, the Organization of American Historians‘ Merle Curti Award (for the year’s best book in American social and/or American intellectual history), and the Organization of American Historians’ James A. Rawley Prize in American History (for the year’s best book addressing the history of race relations in the United States).
According to the Curti Award Committee:
While we have considerable scholarship about migrant farmworkers in the U.S. West, Hahamovitch is the first to study those in the eastern states. No Man’s Land addresses the history of a massive global phenomenon — corporate employers relying on guestworkers who, because they are not citizens, are unable to defend themselves against exploitation and abuse of their rights as workers. No Man’s Land is a deeply comparative study, resting on extensive knowledge of and research in Jamaica and on more than 25 interviews with former guestworkers. It analyzes agents in the system—notably federal and state governments, in both their actions and their inaction, and also the growers, the Jamaican government, and the workers themselves, not only farmworkers but also the female maids and waitresses brought in after 1986.