In Glory we watch as these men are forced into slavery and the torturous training they were put through to become soldiers for their country. The film talks about many inspirational leaders and their part in the Civil War. The Massachusetts 54th Regiment was the first regular army regiment of black soldiers appointed in the Civil War trying to fight to gain freedom. Glory helps give us an understanding of the importance of the Massachusetts 54th. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw was placed in a tough position during this film because the decisions he had to make were depicting his friendships that he would lose of gain.
With the war just beginning, ex-slaves and other African Americans wanted to get in on the action. They wanted to fight against those who had enslaved them and their families for generations. They began volunteering and trying to enlist, but everywhere they went they were rejected. "In general, white soldiers and officers believed that black men lacked the courage to fight and fight well'; (History of African-Americans in the Civil War). Even some abolitionists believed putting them in the battlefield would be putting African Americans higher than they should be.
In conclusion, the training seemed easy for them once they learned their right and left, they learned faster than the white. Going into battle they were brave men and risked their life in order to win. Thomas was not the bravest but kept his respect toward Colonel Shaw even though he was treated bad. Private trip was the bully in this movie and was the one who made a major impact in the movie. As to Colonel Shaw, he made the major change from being the soldier in the army to being the leader of the army.
Most of the disagreement came from Southern slave owners. They thought that Douglass was crazy for wanting to abolish slavery and have total equality because that would cripple their income. These were the kind of men that were fighting, like Douglass and most Northerners, a war about slavery. Even though most men in the South owned and depended on slavery they had different motives for fighting in the war. Jim Kepler, a Confederate soldier, said, “Damn fool… He still thinks it’s about slavery” pg66.
Slavery is a sensitive area, but the flag does not reflect this. The war was about the South's right to make it's own laws, and to be free from the Union. There were many Black soldiers there in the Confederacy of their own will. They loved the South just as any white man. The flag means to harm to black people; it is there representing many lives of blacks who died in the war as well!
During this time Henry starts to think differently about war. He becomes scared about running away from a battle. Lieutenant Hasbrouck, a young lieutenant of Henry's regiment was an extremely brave man. He, unlike the other officers, cared about and defended his troops performance, and made sure that they got the recognition they deserved. He was a true leader and Henry and John wanted to be just like him.
These highly regarded men instructed the ordinary soldiers from positions so far away from the fighting and the terror that they were not always aware of what they were sending these men into. The 'ordinary' soldiers did not always fight however; they often waited for months on end, in terrible conditions just waiting for something to happen. This waiting was almost as traumatic as the fighting itself. Siegfried Sassoon's short, but powerful po... ... middle of paper ... ...nks back to his stretcher. Raleigh's determined, never-say-die attitude is a model for the perfect soldier, patriotic and able to want to fight for his country, even through the death and destruction around him.
J Braddock exhibits the defining characteristics of a hero by making sacrifices for his family, doing the right thing, fighting through pain and failure, and risking his reputation for the sake of his family. The movie “Cinderella Man” follows the fall and rise of James J. Braddock, a husband, father, and once great boxer. Like for many others, the Great Depression hit Braddock and his family hard. After a few disappointing defeats and a broken hand, Braddock’s career was over. He had no stable job, yet that never stopped him from going to the docks every day in hopes of being chosen to work.
Although the German cause was very controversial, these gentlemen bravely fought for their country. Many men died, many were mutilated, and many more had to forever live with the atrocities they encountered. At war's end, however, they were merely "forgotten" for their failure of success. And although The Forgotten Soldier is an astonishing account of the horrors of infantry warfare, it serves a much greater purpose. It allows the historian to glance into the German experience and realize they too were young men fighting because their nation called upon them, and they deserve to be remembered for such a courageous act.
They were like family; they endured sufferings, dangers, victories, and defeats together. I think that what kept Joseph motivated the most was to continue to stay faithful to his fellow soldiers, whether they were dead or alive, and continue to fight as hard as he could for them even with the absence of support from his own country (172). In conclusion, as a result of the constant mistreatment of the colonist by their motherland, they grew close enough together to all fight for one common goal; independence from Britain. Joseph P. Martin who was young man in the beginning didn’t quite understand the aspects behind the war. However, he was persuaded by money and constant pressure by fellow men, to not only join the army, but later reenlist.