Bisbee deportations

Near the beginning of the United States' entry into World War I, there were labor disturbances in many key war industries which threatened to disrupt the country's mobilization efforts. In late June 1917, the Industrial Workers of the World led a strike in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona. Mine workers there, aware of their leverage in the war economy, wanted to work less hours for higher wages. Local Sheriff Harry Wheeler called the strike “a direct attempt to embarrass the government of the United States,” and with the help of local businessmen and politicians organized a group of more than 1,000 to rid the town of anyone suspected of involvement with the IWW. On July 12, 1917, Wheeler's forces rounded up almost 1,200 men and escorted them on trains to New Mexico. While about 300 deportees filed suits against against the vigilantes and the mining and railroad companies that assisted in the incident, very few cases were actually brought to trial and none of the defendents were found guilty.


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