An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin
July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at
Port Chicago, California, killing more than three hundred sailors who were at the
docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering
windows up to a mile away. On August 9, 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. Download and start listening now!