But World War I marked a turning point for colored soldiers, not only on the battlefield but when they returned home as well. It was overall a good thing for them. In the end over six hundred African Americans were selected as officers which was a rank they could not hold efore the war. Allthough still segregated against and suffering extreme discrimination black soldiers made big improvement for race issues during this war. Race discrimination was preasant in World War 1.
With her he had no family because his duties called. Governor Andrews, a strong abolitionist was the one who commissioned Colonel Shaw in 1863 to command and instruct the Massachusetts 54th.. The reenactors in this prodigious Civil War movie show tremendous amounts of strength and authenticity. Shaw’s great pride and respect towards his country is shown until the very end of the movie where he is shot in the chest three times and dies at Fort Wagner. When Colonel Shaw had pass... ... middle of paper ... ...he movie is deep into getting the point across in the discrimination between the black soldiers and the white commanders, it addresses the audience with the issue that everyone was going through.
African-American Troops in the Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts was organized in early 1863 by Robert Gould Shaw, twenty-six year old member of a prominent Boston abolitionist family. Shaw had earlier served in the Seventh New York National Guard and the Second Massachusetts Infantry, and was appointed colonel of the Fifty-fourth in February 1863 by Massachusetts governor John A. Andrew. As one of the first black units organized in the northern states, the Fifty-fourth was the object of great interest and curiosity, and its performance would be considered an important indication of the possibilities surrounding the use of blacks in combat. The regiment was composed primarily of free blacks from throughout the north, particularly Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Amongst its recruits was Lewis N. Douglass, son of the famous ex-slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.
The war experience gave about one million blacks the opportunity to fight racism in Europe and Asia, a fact that black veterans would remember during the struggle against racism at home after the war. Perhaps just as important, almost ten times that many white Americans witnessed the patriotic service of black Americans. Many of them would object to the continued denial of civil rights to the men and women beside whom they had fought. After World War II the momentum for racial change continued. Black soldiers returned home with determination to have full civil rights.
It is estimated that 40,000 African American soldiers died during the civil war. Approximately twenty five African Americans were awarded the Medal of Honor. The African American valor and contributions during the Civil War guided the nation on incomparable change. The heroics of those soldiers ultimately led to the constitution being amended to include voting and equal rights.
The reason why some of the African Americans were treated better than some of the white's was because if a white soldier didn't do his job or didn't follow orders, they would put a African American in their place, of course if that African American had followed orders in the past. There were many important battles the African Americans fought in and they really helped humongously. Some of these important battles were like the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina by the 54th Massachusetts ... ... middle of paper ... ... were a big help to the Civil War. Of the 190,000 were in the Civil War, an amazing 16 of them got the Medal of Honor, fourteen received the honor as a result of their actions at New Market Heights. The Union won the Civil War and after the Civil War, the African Americans got their freedom.
Before the end of war, the radicals began calling for a war aim: civil equality for the freedmen. The first step toward equality was the enlistment of black men into the union army. Undertaken tentatively as an experiment in 1862, the employment of Negro soldiers proved a success and was prosecuted on a full scale in the last two years of the war. Black men demonstrated impressive fighting qualities. Thirty-eight black regiments fought in the union armies that invaded Virginia in 1864, helping to deliver the hammer blows that finally drove Lee’s forces to surrender.
The Blacks in the Civil War For the beginning, in the middle and in the ending of the Civil War in the United States, the Black Americans were central as soldier and civilian. At first, people tried hard to get around this fact. Even President Abraham Lincoln administration sent Black volunteers home with an understanding that the war was a ''White man's war". The policy was eventually changed not because of humanitarianism but because of the Confederation's battlefield brilliance. The South brought the North to a realization that it was in a real brawl that it needed all the weapons it could lay hands on.
African Americans were sent along side Caucasians to fight in World War I due to there not being enough white soldiers in the military. Many African Americans felt as if they needed to prove their loyalty, respect and earn equality in America by battling in this war. African American soldiers being sent to the war wanted to prove their worthy of citizenship to America. WWI allowed a unique and significant opportunity for African Americans. African American soldiers were sent overseas to Europe for World War I along side white soldiers when segregation and the Jim Crow laws were still being applied in the US.
"; (Quarles 7) African Americans were active on and off the battlefield, they personified the goal freedom, the reason for the war being fought by the Colonies and British. The African Americans were stuck in the middle of a war between white people. Their loyalty was not to one side or another, but to a principle, the principle of liberty. Benjamin Quarles' book, The Negro in the American Revolution, is very detailed in explaining the importance of the African American in the pre America days, he shows the steps African Americans took in order to insure better lives for generations to come. ;America's first war, its war for independence from Great Britain was a great accomplishment.