Standing up against hate : how black women in the Army helped change the course of WWII

Farrell, Mary Cronk, author

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  • Creator Mary Cronk Farrell ; foreword by Major General Marcia M. Anderson, U.S. Army (Ret.)
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019.
  • Physical Details
    • xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9781419731600, 1419731602
  • OCLC on1080520110


  • "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." --Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-187) and index.


  • Reporting for war duty -- Second-class citizens -- Becoming officers together -- Black women persist -- Every victory counts -- Black soldiers get the dirty work -- Black WACs strike for fair jobs -- Violence targets black WACs -- Called for overseas duty -- The 6888th goes to Europe -- Welcomed as equals -- A challenge to leadership -- Mission accomplished -- Black WACs carry on
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