A Potted Legal History of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917

10 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2017

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: April 9, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., A Potted Legal History of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917 (April 9, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2949564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2949564

Brian L. Frye (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - College of Law ( email )

620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States

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