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

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Little-known disaster gets overdue, in-depth treatment.

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THE PORT CHICAGO 50 does an excellent job of spotlighting an important yet little-known incident from World War II. Author Steve Sheinkin provides a concise history of segregation in the U.S. armed forces, providing a clear context for the work stoppage at Port Chicago. He smoothly weaves together information from trial transcripts, newspaper articles, and oral histories to devise a well-researched, compelling account of an incident that played a key role in ending segregation in the military.

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