Full Title: The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny,
and a Fight for Civil Rights
By: Penguin Random House
Audio Publishing Group
Length: 3 hrs., 49 mins.
Port Chicago was a historical event for black Americans. When men were being called to arms during World War II, and everybody was passing the medical test, the only men who seemed to be sent to the front lines were white.
Not that this was entirely the issue, the issue was that these men wanted to be more than mules and haul around loaded ammo onto the naval ships; the very ones these boys wished they could take off on and fight the war they had signed up for.
The Port Chicago 50 are a group of men who decided to take a stance and refuse to haul another live missile. They were being accused of mutiny, although none of the men conspired to take over the ranks or the military, they just wanted to be acknowledged and given another job, and wanted the equal treatment. This entire situation became the largest military court hearing ever.
This book is a great addition to grade seven curriculum, although this particular topic is on American history, it can be a good opener to social studies and many discussions.