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

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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 ven ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2018)
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Content Warning: Racism, Sexism, Discrimination, Assault

A history of the Black women serving in the Women's Army Corps in World War II, and how they faced and stood up to discrimination and hatred.

This is a necessary read for any person interested in World War II, particularly teens (the audience it's geared towards), as it shows how Black women faced the double discrimination of racism and sexism, and literally had to work four times as hard to be considered a fraction as good—often working in
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
I've just reread Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis, a novel about one woman who had enlisted in the Women's Army Corps during WWII and was part of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. I've always thought that the author had really captured the difficulties of being an African American woman in the armed services at that time. And now, Mary Cronk Farrell has written a book that explores these difficulties in depth and introduces readers to some of the courageous African American women who s ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to add this to my classroom library!
First sentence: It was a wet, gunmetal-gray February in 1945. Rank upon rank of American khaki-clad soldiers marched down the gangplank of the Ile de France in Glasgow, Scotland.

Premise/plot: Standing Up Against Hate is a children's nonfiction book about African American women serving in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and Women's Army Corps. (The name switched from WAAC to WAC towards the end of the war. But it was much more than a name change.) It is the story of one woman--Charity Adams--it
Ms. Yingling
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Because of the enormous need for men to be at the front battle lines, or in one of the theaters of war waiting to go to the front lines, there were many opportunities for women to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Core. From office positions to transport to nursing and general support, thousands of young women took the opportunity to serve their country in these many roles. It was a chance for them to be involved while men they loved were off fighting, and it gave them
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea any of this happened.
Melissa Mcavoy
4 1/2 stars. In the 1940’s an adventurous group of African American women joined the newly formed WAC and helped both to integrate the American army as well as win the second World War. (No mail- no moral)
This small, novel-sized nonfiction gets high marks for the importance and unknown nature of its topic, the clear and engaging writing, the many fabulous photographs, none of which I had ever seen, the excellence of its research and back matter (author’s note, timeline, glossary, source notes, b
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Standing Up Against Hate describes an overlooked part of WWII history that I knew nothing about- how African American women became a part of the US Army and the war effort.

Farrell’s gift as a writer is that the lives of many of these women became real to me- their stories, their photos, their tribulations and their ultimate success.

I love to be inspired by history and the events that shape our past- I think that’s why I ultimately found this book such a pleasure to read.
Clara Gerner
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Racism is stupid.
Although the subtitle probably overstates things a bit, this account of how black women joined the face of the military by joining the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during WWII. The book follows the careers and experiences of various black women, including Charity Adams who became the military's highest ranking woman and who commanded a battalion sent overseas to manage the mail being sent to troops in Europe and surrounding areas. Along the way, many of the women faced racist attitudes and mistr ...more
Kris Dinnison
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written book about the special challenges faces by African American women who served their country in the military during WWII. I had no idea how much segregation and discrimination these women encountered, nor did I understand how our systemic racism caused us to waste the talents of hundreds and hundreds of women whose talents could have helped us during the war and beyond. Everyone should read this book!
joyce w. laudon
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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,
5 stars If more history was as well-written and interesting as this, I can't help but think that more young people might actually like learning about it. And adults, too, if I'm any example. I mean, let's face it, too much history is written by scholars who get bogged down in dates and the kind of dry details that leave most of us dozing off. Not so, Farrell. STANDING UP AGAINST HATE tells us a very human story. And it tells it in a very engaging and relatable fashion. For this is a story of bra ...more
Lynette Larter
This is a wonderful book. As always, Mary Cronk Farrell draws the reader into the story. Events have a bigger impact when a person knows or has met the people involved. In this book, Mary introduced brave black women who made a difference in the war against Germany, Italy, and Japan and at the same time proved that all women were capable of being competent professionals. By staying strong and acting with dignity, these persistent black women helped to desegregrate the military, in spite of adver ...more
M Hunt
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book could not be more relevant in today's political environment. The women Farrell writes about faced terrible prejudice while working for the good of the nation. They were true patriots. Inspiring book!
Featured in "World War II Nonfiction for Young Readers: D-Day Edition" on Intellectual Recreation.

The military was segregated during World War II, and this segregation extended to the newly formed women's units. This book tells the story of the African American women who enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). These black women faced discrimination from their commanders and from civilians. However, these segregated units also gave black women a large amount of autonomy and leadership opportuni
Deana Metzke
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an inspiring account of Black women and their contributions in the Army during WWII. They were responsible for resending and redirecting mail overseas that hadn't been delivered for months to troops. Even though they faced all sorts of discrimination, they held their heads high and did their job.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This 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.
Mary Farrell
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: nonfiction
It was so inspiring to research and write about these black women soldiers, some of the most adventurous and forward-thinking women in 1940's America. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed writing this book!
Shauna Yusko
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book!

But the paper quality affected the photo quality which detracted overall.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I had no idea about African American women serving in WWII, and I wish this book about Charity Adams and the only black WAC battalion serving overseas had been 4x longer
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 really. I knew nothing about this, so it was interesting, but quite choppy.
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I'm an award-winning author of Children's/YA books and former journalist with a passion for stories about people facing great adversity with courage. Writing such stories has shown me that in our darkest moments we have the opportunity to discover our true identity and follow an inner compass toward the greater good.

Both my fiction and non-fiction titles feature little-known true stories of histor