As it approaches its centennial, the Bisbee Deportation remains controversial. One of the most divisive events in Arizona history, the Deportation attained immediate notoriety not because it was the only such event in the nation, nor even the first, but because it was the largest.
On July 12, 1917, some 2,000 men who were on strike against the three copper mining companies in Bisbee and their supporters were rounded up and taken to the Warren Ballpark. They were given the opportunity to return to work, and many did. About 1,120 who didn’t were loaded into rail cars and sent to New Mexico.
Investigations by state and federal authorities would follow, as did indictments against some 800 Bisbee citizens on charges of kidnapping. A trial of one of those men in 1920 rendered a not-guilty verdict, based on the “law of necessity,” and the county attorney chose not to prosecute the others who had been indicted.
These paragraphs, of course, can’t even begin to touch the complexity or extent of what happened, what brought it about and want resulted.
The purpose of this website is to do a day-by-day look at just those topics, beginning with Jan. 1, 1917. Neither will that tell the complete story, but it will give those interested a much better look at the life and times of the men and women of the age.
I look forward to enhancing my own knowledge of this vast subject, and hope you will as well. Please comment on the blog posts and let me know what you want to read more about. And what you think about the topic that is being discussed.