Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Doty Leads “Copper Collar” Discussion

BISBEE, AZ – To continue the Copper Queen Library’s “6 Main Centennial Celebration” programming – which highlights events related to Bisbee’s history and the history of the West – and to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, Arizona Humanities Scholar Dr. John Doty will lead a book discussion on James Byrkit’s Forging the Copper Collar on June 20 at 6:30pm.

According to Doty, Forging the Copper Collar “explores the 1917 Bisbee Deportation as the climax of the conflict between labor and management in Arizona from 1901 to 1921. In a rigorously documented study, he examines the setting, the influence of Eastern business over Western interests, and the effects of the Deportation, which crushed union organizing for many years. The work demonstrates how fear, innuendo, and false reporting manipulated the populace of Bisbee and prevented a clear-sighted analysis of events.”

Because special arrangements must be made to obtain enough reading copies of Forging the Copper Collar, those interested in participating in the discussion are asked to reserve a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk by June 1.

The discussion, sponsored by the Friends of the Copper Queen Library, is free and open to the public and, since the book’s topic is such an important part of Bisbee’s history, drop-ins who might not have finished reading the book are also welcome to attend.

For further information, please contact the library at 432-4232.