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.
About the Author
Mary C. Farrell is an award-winning journalist and the author of Fannie Never Flinched and Pure Grit. She lives in Spokane, Washington.Major General Marcia M. Anderson’s military career spanned 36 years, and included many “firsts” including selection as the first African American female Major General in the Army, Army Reserve, or Active Army.
Table of Contents
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
Time line 171
Select Bibliography 185
Image Credits 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kudos to the author and publisher for this informative and important book. It deserves a place in all school libraries and would be an excellent read for Black History Month (or any month). Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher. This non-fiction work tells the story of African American women's entry into the Women's Army Corps of WWII and their experiences while in the service, as they trained and were assigned to their duties. Issues of prejudice were quite present and the women's responses, protests and efforts are noted. Two things made this book exceptional: One was the photos that illustrated the text; the other was that women were named and quoted. These makes the book feel intimate and real. I had an aunt who served in WWII. I wish that I had spoken to her more about her war experiences. I hope that she knew about and respected all of the African American Corps members. This book is highly recommended...and not just for children!