United States: Labor, Political, and Immigration History
Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
In May 2011, John Enyeart, an associate professor of history, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Colleagues commended Enyeart for his rigorous teaching, saying, "He expects much of his students and provides them with intellectual skills by pushing them to ask difficult questions and requiring them to use good evidence to support their positions." Students describe him as a relaxed and engaging instructor who values them as individuals and cultivates their personal and professional growth inside of class and out. Enyeart joined the Bucknell faculty in 2004.
John Enyeart's first book,The Quest for "Just and Pure Law": Rocky Mountain Workers and American Social Democracy, 1870-1924 argues that Western workers had this success because union workers had more freedom to court and back candidates from any party than did their counterparts in the East, because political machines were not as entrenched in the West.
Unionists' power at the ballot box allowed them to demand and win legislation that created eight-hour days, workers' compensation and other job rights