The Port of Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight ...
Steve Sheinkin (A)
List Price: $19.99 (Hardcover - Social Justice / Military / Mutiny - 2014)
Description: An astonishing Civil Rights storyfrom Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.
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. (208 pgs) Ages 10 - 14
Ashay says, "And yes this really happened and what a great story to connect with Social Injustice. So many courageous Black men lost their lives but ultimately saved the lives of many others. They are heroes and their should be a monument built to remember their bravery. Include with Core Curriculum. Must have in the classroom and library. "
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces