On July 17, 1944, was the largest #WWII home front disaster - explosions at a segregated naval munitions loading station that killed more than 300 sailors, most of them black. When the black sailors refused to return to work under the unsafe working conditions, 50 of them were charged with mutiny and convicted. Not too long ago, this event had been forgotten to history until @UCBerkeley historian Robert Allen conducted extensive oral histories with some of the survivors and wrote his book, The Port Chicago Mutiny.
The oral histories conducted by Robert Allen more than 30 years ago were on audiotape, and included rough transcription. Thanks to a grant from the Oral History Center’s partner, The National Park Service, the Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library is digitizing all transcripts, and preserving the audio. With a commitment to open access, these and all of the Oral History Center’s transcripts are available to researchers and the public at no cost, and online. Read more about it here:
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