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


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

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Críticas Through effective research Sheinkin re-creates a story that remains largely unknown to many Americans and is one of the many from World War II about segregation and race that is important to explore with students. --School Library Journal starred reviewSheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story one he discovered while working on his Newbery Honor book Bomb....Archival photos appear throughout and an extensive bibliography source notes and index conclude this gripping even horrific account of a battle for civil rights predating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. --Publishers Weekly starred reviewIn this thoroughly researched and well-documented drama Sheinkin lets the participants tell the story masterfully lacing the narrative with extensive quotations drawn from oral histories information from trial transcripts and archival photographs. The event little known today is brought to life and placed in historical context with Eleanor Roosevelt Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson figuring in the story. --Kirkus Reviews starred reviewSheinkin follows Bomb (rev. 11/12) with an account of another aspect of the Second World War stemming from an incident that seems small in scope but whose ramifications would go on to profoundly change the armed forces and the freedom of African Americans to serve their country. --The Horn Book Reseña del editor An astonishing World War II military story of civil rights from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin.A National Book Award FinalistA YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist A School Library Journal Best Book of the YearOn 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.The Port Chicago 50 is a fascinating story of the prejudice and injustice 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.This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum including history and social studies.“Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story one he discovered while working on his Newbery Honor book Bomb...Archival photos appear throughout and an extensive bibliography source notes and index conclude this gripping even horrific account of a battle for civil rights predating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)Also by Steve Sheinkin:Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous WeaponThe Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure Heroism & TreacheryUndefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football TeamMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam WarWhich Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward ExpansionKing George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American RevolutionTwo Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil WarBorn to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America Biografía del autor Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history including The Notorious Benedict Arnold which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction and received three starred reviews; and Bomb a National Book Award finalist and recipient of five starred reviews. He lives in Saratoga Springs NY.

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