The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50

Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

By Steve Sheinkin; Dominic Hoffman (Read by)

Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780804167420

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Description
An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked thesegregated 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.


About the Author
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers. His work is widely acclaimed. "The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights "received the 2014 "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award for Nonfiction and was a National Book Award finalist. "The Notorious Benedict Arnold" won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His exploration of the atomic bomb, "Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-The World's Most Dangerous Weapon" was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Sheinkin's most recent work, "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War", delves into the political intrigue of the Pentagon Papers. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Dominic Hoffman is a Los Angeles based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as "The Shield", "NYPD Blue", and "The Jamie Foxx Show". He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts as well as the American Conservatory Theater.