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The Port Chicago 50 disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights

by Sheinkin, Steve.

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Audio JCD SHEINKIN Children's Unabridged
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio
Call Number  JCD SHEINKIN Children's Unabridged
Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Audiovisual CD YA 940.54 SHE 2014
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Audiovisual
Call Number  CD YA 940.54 SHE 2014
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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The award-winning author of Bomb (2012) returns with another compelling American history narrative. This time Sheinkin takes on the Port Chicago 50, a group of African American sailors who were court-martialed and convicted of mutiny when they refused to continue loading ammunition after experiencing a terrifying accidental explosion that destroyed the entire port. Tracing the history of racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces, Sheinkin describes the U.S. Navy's long-standing policy of restricting duties for African American servicemen, the unfair treatment the divisions received at the segregated Port Chicago facility, and the dangerous working conditions facing the sailors there, including a lack of training on how to properly handle explosives, and competitions that encouraged reckless practices. Sheinkin's narrative shines as he recounts the frustrating court-martial trial that resulted in a guilty verdict for all 50 men, which still stands today despite repeated attempts to exonerate the sailors. Photos, reproductions of primary documents, and direct quotes from the sailors themselves flesh-out this account of a little-known piece of civil rights history.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "An explosion that killed nearly 300 soldiers in Port Chicago, Calif., during World War II played an essential role in the battle for civil rights, especially in the desegregation of the military. Sheinkin explores the lives of the segregated African-Americans affected by the explosion and their attempts to secure adequate workplace protection despite facing court martial and imprisonment. Narrator Hoffman has a deep and slightly raspy voice that makes his narration enjoyable. His commanding tone is a perfect match for the author's prose: his words are strongly projected but also concisely uttered. Hoffman deliberate narration creates tension in this production that is geared toward younger listeners. Ages 10-14. A Roaring Brook hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Navy -- African Americans -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American.
Port Chicago Mutiny, Port Chicago, Calif., 1944.
Port Chicago Mutiny Trial, San Francisco, Calif., 1944.
African American sailors -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher [New York] :Listening Library,2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Hoffman, Dominic.
Participants/Performers Read by Dominic Hoffman.
Audience 9-12.
Language English
Notes Title from web page.
Compact discs.
Duration: 4:00:00.
Description 3 audio discs (4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780804167444 :
0804167443 :
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