A Potted Legal History of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917
10 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 9, 2017
In the summer of 1917, the town of Bisbee, Arizona illegally arrested and deported 1,186 people to New Mexico. Most of the deportees were United States citizens and members of the Industrial Workers of the World (“IWW”). They were deported because they were on strike against the mining companies that ruled Bisbee. The mining companies used the IWW’s opposition to WWI to tar the strikers as unpatriotic saboteurs and justify their deportation. But the Bisbee Deportation of 1917 also infuriated progressives and encouraged them to support organized labor.
Keywords: IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, Organized Labor, Bisbee Deportation of 1917, Supreme Court
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