The Deportation

All Women and Children Keep Off Streets Today: The Bisbee Deportation, is the story of one of the most important events in Arizona history.

In 1917, more than 1,100 striking miners and their supporters in the community were rounded up, marched to the ballpark and loaded onto train cars to be shipped to New Mexico.

Just giving an overview of what happened that day would require thousands of words; alluding to what caused it thousands more and mentioning its aftermath — which reaches to the present — still more.

The book itself, schedule to be published for the 95th anniversary of the event, will be about 200 pages and can’t even begin to encompass the whole of the tale. Instead, it allows the reader to see, for the most part, what the people of Bisbee and environs were reading about in their local media at the time.

Of course, supplementing that was what they were hearing, as well, and than can be retrieved only through hints given in newspaper articles and contemporary correspondence.

To provide more continuity to the story, I have included other information, now known, but then generally unknown to the public at large, that gives a more complete story.

Backgrounding this almost unbelievable story is a look at other events taking place at the time, most importantly the Mexican Revolution just a few miles away and World War I, playing out thousands of miles away, but critical to the thoughts of most people in the Bisbee area at the time.

Blog posts that will be made before and after publication will enhance the telling of the story, also allowing for comments of readers, especially those who have their own special niches of knowledge about the event and its times. To access blog posts on a specific title, use the “category” heading in the right sidebar.

The second book in the Epic of Bisbee will be be The Mexican Revolution at Naco, which will, in many ways, complement the story of the Bisbee Deportation. Naco is only a few miles away and was of great interest to Bisbee residents, whether they had relatives involved or whether they were interested in the impact of relations between the two nations.