Lecture Description

In July 1917, in the copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, a strike led by the radical union, the Industrial Workers of the World, was stopped by an elaborate vigilante action. Over 1000 local men rounded up the strikers and their sympathizers, and shipped them by company boxcar into the middle of the New Mexico desert. The event created front-page headlines across the country, international controversy, and a federal investigation. This lecture explores the complex origins in the racial, class, and gendered history of this infamous event, and its relationship to the US-Mexico border, World War I, and the course of labor history and race relations in the American Southwest.

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Labor and Working Class West

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Katherine Benton-Cohen

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