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

Mary Farrell


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.

Creator Bio

Mary C. Farrell is an award-winning journalist and children’s book writer. Her books have been named Notable Social Studies Book for Young People, SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West, Bank Street College List of Best Children’s Books, and NY Public Library Best Books for Teens. Her journalistic work has also received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations. Mary frequently speaks at schools, libraries, conferences, and women’s and family workshops. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Price £14.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 8 January 2019
Pages 208
Height 210mm
Width 140mm
Illustrations Archival images throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419731600
Age Range 10 - 14