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eBook The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights download ISBN: 1596437960
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (January 21, 2014)
Language: English
Pages: 208
ePub: 1305 kb
Fb2: 1803 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Education and Reference

Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book and The Port Chicago 50 won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. Many students and teachers who thought they knew about the Civil Rights Movement will be amazed by this gripping, little-known piece of history.

Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book and The Port Chicago 50 won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. His other acclaimed books include The Notorious Benedict Arnold and Most Dangerous. Sheinkin also writes the Time Twisters series. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin. 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.

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The Port Chicago 50 book. On August 9t An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.

Steve Sheinkin is an American author of suspenseful history books for young adults. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, Roaring Brook Press, 2014. A former textbook writer, Sheinkin began writing full-time nonfiction books for young readers in 2008 Contents. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, Square Fish, 2013. Lincoln's Grave Robbers, Scholastic Press, 2013.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.

Author Steve Sheinkin provides a concise history of segregation in the . armed forces, providing a clear context for the work stoppage at Port Chicago.

An Epilogue gives a brief recounting of Civil Rights advances following the events at Port Chicago, and extensive source notes

The Fifty had to deal with prejudice on the ship, and Joe Small was forced to duke it out with one Alabama boy, Alex, who eventually became his close friend. An Epilogue gives a brief recounting of Civil Rights advances following the events at Port Chicago, and extensive source notes. Throughout the text, there are many photos of both the people and documents described in the book. Evaluation: History doesn’t get much better or more readable than this.

An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin. 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.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

Comments: (7)
Steel balls
THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinkin is at the top of many nonfiction awards lists for 2014. Consider purchasing both the print and audiobook versions.

A finalist for YALSA’s 2015 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the book traces the little-known story of 50 African American sailors convicted of mutiny by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Refusing to follow orders to load dangerous explosives onto ships, their story became a rallying cry for those who felt the military’s segregation policies were discriminatory.

Sheinkin brings the story alive through his compelling, well-researched narrative. Woven throughout the story are primary resource materials including historical photos, interviews, and court records. The print and ebook versions contain extensive references and notes that support the narrative.

Middle and high school students often skim works of nonfiction and miss the impact of the narrative. Consider sharing the audiobook version of this story with youth. Dominic Hoffman is a superb storyteller who masterfully switches among a wide range of voices to keep listeners actively engaged in the story.

Many students and teachers who thought they knew about the Civil Rights Movement will be amazed by this gripping, little-known piece of history.

To learn more about the author, go to http://stevesheinkin.com/.

To see a slideshow on historical photos from the book, go to http://us.macmillan.com/theportchicago50/SteveSheinkin.

Watch a short documentary that explores the Great Port Chicago Explosion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaIphGJt5NU.
AGAD
I am a veteran of the Vietnam era. I did not serve in a combat role. I am white. There is no way I will ever be able to fully understand and appreciate the problems African Americans have had to endure. When I consider how angry I can become when shown disrespect and lack of common courtesy, I find myself humbled when reading the experiences of the Port Chicago 50. African Americans earned their rights as free Americans. They paid a much higher price than the rest of us.
Eng.Men
Gripping story that I couldn't put down. Written for young adults but plenty of interst for grown-ups as well. Discrimination against African-Americans was particularly bad in the Navy, and black enlisted men had only two options - to work in a mess, or to load heavy ammunition onto ships with no safety precautions taken. After hundreds died in an explosion, black sailors refused to continue with the loading and were found guilty of mutiny. Thurgood Marshall is a hero of this story for effecting their release - and Eleanor Roosevelt also stood on the side of justice. Good nonfiction reading for middle and high school students.
Lanin
I read this book to my 6th grade class and they were so engrossed with the story and the plight of these men. I highly recommend it as a great way to look at social injustice and diverse American history. My students dove into other Steve Sheinkin books after reading this. It sparked a love of nonfiction for many.
Mejora
The incident described in this book is not nearly as well-known as it should be. By telling this fascinating story, Sheinkin helps readers understand the state of civil rights in this country seventy years ago. Suitable for late elementary, middle and high school students, but adults will also enjoy it. There is not an opportunity for Sheinkin's trademark humor in this well-written tragic tale, but there is drama and suspense. Highly recommended.
furious ox
In my many history classes including African American studies in college, I had never heard of this tragic event that definitely was a pivotal event to end segregation. Everyone knows the story of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, but how many people know of Joe Small. I hope this book gains enough recognition that the Navy finally does the right thing by these 50 men.
Musical Aura Island
First, Sheinkin struck our funny bones with the likes of King George: What Was His Problem? and Two Miserable Presidents. He relied less on humor and more on drama and moral ambiguity in The Notorious Benedict Arnold and Bomb. His tone shifts once again in The Port Chicago 50. The subject is too serious and too close to home for lightheartedness. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The heroes of this tale never got what they deserved. Rather the opposite, in fact. It's a sad and disturbing tale. Writing this is a gutsy move on Sheinkin's part, and he brings his maturing talents to bear on it with skill and sensitivity.
I never heard of this story until I had to read it for one of my classes. I'm glad I got an opportunity to learn more about my history. Not even in grade school were these men mentioned. I will make it a point to introduce them to my class. MLK & Mrs Parks are great however they were not the only ones to play a part in changing history. Thank you Mr Sheinkin for writing this.