Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII

by Mary Cronk Farrell


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Standing Up Against Hate tells the stories of the African American women who enlisted in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. They quickly discovered that they faced as many obstacles in the armed forces as they did in everyday life. However, they refused to back down. They interrupted careers and left family, friends, and loved ones to venture into unknown and sometimes dangerous territory. They survived racial prejudice and discrimination with dignity, succeeded in jobs women had never worked before, and made crucial contributions to the military war effort. The book centers around Charity Adams, who commanded the only black WAAC battalion sent overseas and became the highest ranking African American woman in the military by the end of the war. Along with Adams’s story are those of other black women who played a crucial role in integrating the armed forces. Their tales are both inspiring and heart-wrenching. The book includes a timeline, bibliography, and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419731600
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 630,380
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mary Cronk Farrell’s books have been honored with the SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction, and as Notable Social Studies Books for Young People and NY Public Library Best Books for Teens. Mary speaks at schools, libraries, and women’s and family workshops. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Chapter 1 Reporting for War Duty 1

Chapter 2 Second-Class Citizens 9

Chapter 3 Becoming Officers Together 23

Chapter 4 Black Women Persist 37

Chapter 5 Every Victory Counts 51

Chapter 6 Black Soldiers Get the Dirty Work 67

Chapter 7 Black WACs Strike for Fair jobs 75

Chapter 8 Violence Targets Black WACs 83

Chapter 9 Called for Overseas Duty 95

Chapter 10 The 6888th Goes to Europe 105

Chapter 11 Welcomed as Equals 117

Chapter 12 A Challenge to Leadership 131

Chapter 13 Mission Accomplished 135

Chapter 14 Black WACs Carry On 149

Author's Note 163

Glossary 167

Time line 171

Notes 173

Select Bibliography 185

Image Credits 189

Acknowledgments 191

Index 193

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