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The Port Chicago 50 : disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights

Author: Steve Sheinkin; Roaring Brook Press,
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elementary and junior high school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction: Finalist
History
Juvenile works
Young adult nonfiction
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Sheinkin; Roaring Brook Press,
ISBN: 9781596437968 1596437960 9780605795303 0605795304
OCLC Number: 841206020
Awards: Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction finalist, 2015
Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner, 2014
Target Audience: Ages 10-15.
Description: 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: First hero --
The policy --
Port Chicago --
Work and liberty --
The lawyer --
Hot cargo --
The explosion --
The inquiry --
Column left --
Prison barge --
The fifty --
Treasure Island --
Prosecution --
Joe Small --
The verdict --
Hard labor --
Small goes to sea --
Epilogue: Civil rights heroes.
Other Titles: Port Chicago fifty
Responsibility: Steve Sheinkin.

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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 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 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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