Analysis Of The Film Glory

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Glory emphasizes the impact of African American soldiers in the American Civil War. It particularly shows the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry’s bravery. The 54th Massachusetts was an all-black regiment that fought for the Union during the Civil War. The regiment formed in March of 1863 just shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation. Captain Robert Gould Shaw was appointed to be Colonel of the regiment by Governor John A. Andrew. This regiment primarily performed labor work. On July 18, the 54th Massachusetts was eventually acknowledged after taking the first attack on Fort Wagner. As a result, over half of the regiment lost their lives that day and more African American troops were enlisted in the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln recognized these African American men in assisting the Union during the war.
Private Trip is a runaway slave fighting for the Union. In the beginning of the film we see Trip as a man who encompasses the traits of arrogance and hatred. Eventually Trip becomes humble as he realizes the men that make up the 54th are all he has, and he sees them as being his family. Colonel Shaw asked if Trip would carry the Regimental Colors, Trip denies the opportunity telling Colonel Shaw that he is not fighting this war for him. Later in the film we see Private
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In May of 1861 Shaw joined the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry as a Second Lieutenant. Ultimately he would make his way up to the rank of Captain. In March of 1863, Shaw was chosen by Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew to lead the first African American Regiment. This Regiment was known as the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and Shaw would be promoted from Major to Colonel during this time. Shaw continued to lead the 54th Massachusetts until his death at Fort Wagner, South Carolina on July 18, 1863. His main characteristic is empathizing with the soldiers and supporting

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