The Port Chicago Disaster


The aftermath of the Port Chicago disaster. Public domain

This was the worst stateside disaster in the United States during World War II. Apart from being a horrific tragedy, the disaster itself and its aftermath were threaded through with racism and injustice.

Tracy's Research:

  • Allen, Robert L. “Black Scholar Research Leads to Navy Review: Injustice Upheld in Port Chicago Mutiny Trial.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 1, Black Cultural History - 1994 (Winter 1994). https://www.jstor.org/stable/41068460
  • Allen, Robert L. “From Disaster to Desegregation.” Naval History, vol. 29, no. 1, Feb. 2015, p. 16. EBSCOhost, evergreen.noblenet.org/cgi-bin/ezproxy/memberlogin.cgi?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=f5h&AN=100226324&scope=site.
  • Allen, Robert L. “The Port Chicago Disaster And Its Aftermath.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 13, No. 2/3, THE PORT CHICAGO DISASTER: Was It ANuclear Explosion? (Spring 1982). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41066880
  • Allen, Robert L. “The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Story of the Largest Mass Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History.” Warner Books. 1989.
  • Bergman, Barry. “War, ‘mutiny’ and civil rights: Remembering Port Chicago.” Berkeley News. 7/10/2014. https://news.berkeley.edu/2014/07/10/remembering-port-chicago/
  • Buell, Erica. “Port Chicago.” Submarine Force Museum. 2/23/2018. http://ussnautilus.org/blog/port-chicago/
  • Collison, Dan. “The Port Chicago 50.” This American Life episode “The Job That Takes Over Your Life.” 9/17/2007. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/37/the-job-that-takes-over-your-life/act-three
  • Doss, Erika. “Commemorating the Port Chicago Naval Magazine Disaster of 1944: Remembering the Racial Injustices of the ‘Good War’ in Contemporary America.” American Studies Journal. No. 59. 2015. http://www.asjournal.org/59-2015/commemorating-port-chicago-naval-magazine-disaster-1944/
  • Glaberson, William. “Sailor From Mutiny in '44 Wins a Presidential Pardon.” New York Times. 12/24/1999. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/24/us/sailor-from-mutiny-in-44-wins-a-presidential-pardon.html?auth=login-smartlock
  • Johnson, Chalis. “A Sailor’s Soliloquy: Justice Denied at Port Chicago. “The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 3, THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA (Summer 1994). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41069708
  • Long Haul Productions. “The Port Chicago 50: An Oral History.” http://longhaulpro.org/port-chicago/
  • Naval History and Heritage Command. “Port Chicago Naval Magazine Explosion, 1944.” Adapted from Adapted from: National Park Service. "Port Chicago Naval Magazine." Washington: Government Printing Office. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/p/port-chicago-ca-explosion.html
  • Parsons, W.S. “William S. Parsons, Memorandum on Port Chicago Disaster.” 7/24/1944. Naval History and Heritage Command. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/p/port-chicago-ca-explosion/online-documents/william-s-parsons-memorandum-on-port-chicago-disaster.html
  • Smith, Morgan, executive producer. “Documentary: Into Forgetfulness.” Written by Doug McMains. 2012. https://www.nps.gov/poch/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm
  • Vogel, Peter. “Last Wave from Port Chicago.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 13, No. 2/3, THE PORT CHICAGO DISASTER: Was It A Nuclear Explosion? (Spring 1982). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41066881
  • Wollenberg, Charles. “Blacks vs. Navy Blue.” California History, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Spring, 1979). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25157889

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, black history, conspiracy theories, disasters, explosions, 20th century, military history, segregation, civil rights, racism, World War II