A People's History Of Bisbee - Ch. 24 - The Mine Closes, 1975

A People's History Of Bisbee

The Mine Closes, 1975
The Mine Closes, 1975
A Sample From The 53 Chapter Set.

Phelps Dodge had been gradually transferring workers to mines in other parts of Arizona and New New Mexico for several years. By December 1974 the Lavender Pit was closed. Six months later, in June of 1975 they closed the underground mines. Life in Bisbee would never be the same again.

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talking stick

First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest created the talking stick as both a symbol of a leader's authority and as an instrument of democracy, passing around a carved staff in a group to ensure that each person holding the staff had their chance to be heard.

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