Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CFP: The Bisbee Deportation Centennial

[We have the following announcement.]

July 12, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, when more than one thousand Arizona mine workers were rounded up by a citizens posse and marched for several miles to waiting railroad cattle cars, driven into the New Mexico desert and left there. The event occurred at the intersection of unique historical moments:  the presence of U.S. Army troops along the Arizona-Mexico border in reaction to cross-border raids by the Mexican Revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa; the tightly-contested (and later overturned) Arizona election of 1916; the run-up to America's entry into World War I and the need for copper for the war effort; the presence of the militant International [sic] Workers of the World (IWW); and concern over German influence in Mexico rubbed raw by a now notorious communication between their two foreign ministers.  Unsanctioned by any court order or warrant, all civil and criminal efforts to hold those responsible failed.  Players in the surrounding saga included a Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider (who became one of the most decorated heroes of WWI), a legendary Arizona lawman, the CEO of the largest mining company in North America, an Arizona governor instrumental in the drafting of the Arizona Constitution, and a future Supreme Court Justice dispatched by the Wilson Administration to investigate the events leading up to and following the deportation.

Date & Location of Conference: Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona.

Sponsors: The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (NJCHS); The University of Arizona's College of Law and its Department of History.

Call for Papers: Historians, legal scholars and others are invited to submit proposals for papers addressed to the events surrounding the deportation, with a view toward presentations at the Conference and possible inclusion in Western Legal History, a publication of the NJCHS.

Submission Details: Written proposals, in Word or PDF format and not to exceed 500 words in length, must be submitted by June 1, 2017, and addressed to: Robyn Lipsky, NJCHS Executive Director at: njchs.executivedirector@gmail.com

Notification: Authors of accepted proposals will be notified before July 12, 2017, and invited to attend and participate in Conference discussion panels. Papers should be completed by October 14, 2017, for distribution to other panelists.

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