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The Port Chicago mutiny

Author: Robert L Allen
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During World War II, Port Chicago was a segregated naval munitions base on the outer shores of San Francisco Bay. Black seamen were required to load ammunition onto ships bound for the South Pacific under the watch of their white officers--an incredibly dangerous and physically challenging task. On July 17, 1944, an explosion rocked the base, killing 320 men--202 of whom were black ammunition loaders. In the ensuing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Allen
ISBN: 0446710040 9780446710046
OCLC Number: 18383070
Notes: "An Amistad book."
Description: xxi, 192 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
A day at Port Chicago --
The day : July 17, 1944 --
Black men and the U.S. Navy --
The base and the work --
The explosion and after --
The work stoppage --
The mutiny trial : prosecution --
The mutiny trial : defense --
Closing arguments and verdict --
Appeal and release --
Conclusion --
Appendix I. List of the 320 victims killed in Port Chicago explosion, July 27, 1944 --
Appendix II. A social-psychological analysis of the Port Chicago incident --
Appendix III. A note on sources --
Sources --
About the author.
Responsibility: Robert L. Allen.

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During World War II, Port Chicago was a segregated naval munitions base on the outer shores of San Francisco Bay. Black seamen were required to load ammunition onto ships bound for the South Pacific under the watch of their white officers--an incredibly dangerous and physically challenging task. On July 17, 1944, an explosion rocked the base, killing 320 men--202 of whom were black ammunition loaders. In the ensuing weeks, white officers were given leave time and commended for heroic efforts, whereas 328 of the surviving black enlistees were sent to load ammunition on another ship. When they refused, fifty men were singled out and charged--and convicted--of mutiny. It was the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history. First published in 1989, The Port Chicago Mutiny is a thorough and riveting work of civil rights literature, and with a new preface and epilogue by the author emphasize the event's relevance today.

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