American labor history, like other aspects of social history, is highly contested and often emotionally charged. One particularly compelling event in labor history was the Bisbee Deportation of 1917. The events took place in Arizona, and soon gained national and international currency as a well-known labor dispute between copper mining companies and their workers. As the striking miners at Bisbee were summarily deported into New Mexico, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) a more radical union, quickly became involved as well. This compelling web exhibit deals with this event, and draws on a number of primary resources from the University of Arizona Library, the Arizona Historical Society, and the Sharlot Hall Museum. First-time visitors will want to start at the history section of the site, where they can learn about the primary leaders and participants in the Bisbee Deportation. The primary sources area is quite useful as it provides first-hand recollections and newspaper accounts of these events, including articles from The Tucson Citizen and The Los Angeles Times. Educators will appreciate the Teacher’s Corner section, as it contains a number of helpful pedagogical resources, including a role playing activity for students and a selection of activities that are designed to work in tandem with the available images archived here.
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