The Short Creek raid is the name given to Arizona state police and Arizona National Guard action against Mormon fundamentalists that took place on the morning of July 26, 1953, at Short Creek, Arizona. The Short Creek raid was the largest mass arrest of polygamists in American history. At the time, it was described as "the largest mass arrest of men and women in modern American history."
... police officers and National Guard soldiers invaded the fundamentalist Mormon community of Short Creek, Arizona ... The Short Creek raid was the largest mass arrest of polygamists in American history, and it received a great deal of press coverage ... After the raid, polygamists continued to live there in 1960, Short Creek was renamed Colorado City ...
... Saints portal Joseph White Musser leader of the Mormon fundamentalist Short Creek community during the raid ...
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Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling.”
—T.S. (Thomas Stearns)
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We used to say wed hate to live dead-old,
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—Wilfred Owen (18931918)
“The only law was that enforced by the Creek Lighthorsemen and the U.S. deputy marshals who paid rare and brief visits; or the two volumes of common law that every man carried strapped to his thighs.”
—State of Oklahoma, U.S. relief program (1935-1943)