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

ISBN-10: 1596437960
ISBN-13: 9781596437968
Edition: 2014
Authors: Steve Sheinkin
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Description: An astonishing civil rights story from 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  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 1/21/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

An astonishing civil rights story from 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.

Steven Sheinkin has been writing history textbooks for years. A meticulous researcher an documenter, he is also a former teacher, and knows well how to grab a young readers’ interest and hold it. Steve Sheinkin lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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