Activity 2D: Analyzing the Video

Students will review and analyze a documentary video about the Bisbee deportation.

Standard: Strand 1- American History

Grade 6-8

Concept 1 : Research Skills for History

PO 6: Determine the credibility and bias of secondary sources

Grade 7

Concept 7. Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 5 c. Analyze the impact of industrialization on the United States - Unions

High School

Concept 1: Research Skills for history

PO 5. Evaluate a secondary source for a: author's main points b: purpose and perspective c: facts and opinions d: different points of view e: credibility and validity

PO 7. Compare present events with past events.

Concept 7: Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 3. Analyze events which caused a transformation of the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Students will view the video The Bisbee Deportation of 1917: A Management-Labor Conflict in Arizona several times.  They will need access to the video to complete the analysis

Class discusses the following questions:

  1. Overall, how effective was the video in teaching you about the Bisbee deportation?
  2. What did you like? What did you not like?
  3. Is the music appropriate for the scenes portrayed? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  4. How is music used in a movie or documentary video?
  5. Do you know who the people interviewed in the video are?
  6. How do the speakers add or detract from the video?
  7. What is missing from the video's presentation? 
  8. Does the evidence given in the video support the conclusions reached? For example, would the strike at one copper mine in Arizona impact copper production enough to impact the results of the war? What other statements would require further research?
  9.   How would you rewrite or change the video?


Analyzing the Bisbee video

Sources to Consult

Video: The Bisbee Deportation of 1917: A Management-Labor Conflict in Arizona

 Still on Strike: Recollections of a Bisbee Deportee  
( * NOTE: You will need a RealMedia player to view this video. A free player can be downloaded from

"The IWW in Wartime Arizona", by James W. Byrkitt. Journal of Arizona History 18 (Summer 1977): 149-170