The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

Steve Sheinkin (Author)
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On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away.

On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

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SKU M10208
ISBN 9781596437968
Language English
Lexile ® Measure 950L
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Young Adult Nonfiction
Primary Contributor Steve Sheinkin
Age Groups Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15, Ages 16 to 18
Publisher Macmillan