The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50

Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

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Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596437968
1596437960
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Port Chicago Fifty

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The black sailors at Port Chicago, in San Francisco Bay, were doing the only job they could in the navy in 1944, loading ammunition and bombs onto ships bound for war. With no training or safety precautions, it is not surprising that there was a major explosion. The surprise came when 50 of the sailors refused to return to that work, and were convicted of mutiny. Before Rosa Parks, before Jackie Robinson, before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Port Chicago.

The black sailors at Port Chicago, in San Francisco Bay, were doing the only job they could in the navy in 1944, loading ammunition and bombs onto ships bound for war. With no training or safety precautions, it is not surprising that there was a major explosion. The surprise came when 50 of the sailors refused to return to that work, and were convicted of mutiny. Before Rosa Parks, before Jackie Robinson, before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Port Chicago.

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