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Port Chicago 50

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.



There are many themes in this book. Among them include equal rights, fighting for what you believe in, and service of your country. Equal rights is an important theme in the novel.


There were many colered sailors who were tried because they refused to load amunition, of which included Joe Small. Joe was a great man who believed in equal rights.

The Port Chicago 50 takes place at a naval shipping yard, Port Chicago, in Contra Costa County, California. The main part of the novel takes place either at the barracks where the soldiers are housed or at the docks where ammunition is loaded onto ships, bound for the Pacific. The novel takes place during 1944, in the midst of the second world war. The novel also temporarily takes place in naval courtrooms during the prosecution of the soldiers who refused to load ammunition and on a barge where the soldiers were held during the mutiny and following court martial

As a student in ninth grade I would recommend to read this. It teaches about an aweful time in our history. It was als overy interesting to learn about the diffences between the two time periods.



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