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

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By Steve Sheinkin
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
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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 offduty 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 Americas 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.This thoroughlyresearched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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33165 words33,165 words
209 pages209 pages
Lexile 950LLexile 950L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Age 10-14Age 10-14
Published 2014Published 2014

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9781596439832

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