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    Black enlistment, various troops of Black volunteers had already been organized, including the First South Carolina and the Kansas Colored Troops. It wasn't until January 26, 1863, however, that secretary of war Edwin Stanton authorized the enlistment of Black troops. As a result, the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer infantry was founded, becoming the first all-Black Union regiment raised in the north.(Emilio 1990) Training began for Black volunteers at Camp Meigs in Readville, MA on February

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    Glory, by Edward Zwick

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    various award nominations, including several Academy Award nominations and wins. The film recounts the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the first officially sanctioned African American units of the Union Army during the Civil War. It tells this story through the eyes of the regiment’s commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, as well as other members of the 54th. It begins with the unit’s inception and follows them up through their participation in the battle at Fort Wagner

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    the war against the South could not have been won.”2 African Americans were ready to join the Union Army to fight against slavery in hopes that military service would demonstrate their equality. Several states, to include Louisiana, would form volunteer regiments as a result of the Militia Act of 1862 passed by Congress in July. The 1st Louisiana Native Guard was the first regiment of African Americans in the Union Army.3 This regiment of United States Colored Troops (USCT) was officially formed

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    Movie was based on personal letters of Colonel Shaw and, the story is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of colored men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, he is the commanding officer during the war. Robert Shaw the officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As the officer he commanded all black, 54 Massachusetts, to enter the war in 1863. Officer Colonel Shaw is the main subject of the film.Private

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    soldiers as early as Fort Sumter. Once enlistment began 185,000 black union soldiers were organized into 166 all black regiments (145 infantry, seven cavalry, 12 heavy artillery, one light artillery, and one engineer).1 Black soldiers participated in 449 battles, 39 of them being major engagements.2 Of these engagements Frederick Douglass' own two sons were with the 54th Mass... ... middle of paper ... ...ice. This regiment later became by a strange mutation of history, the first black regiment

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    african Americans

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    military units. They were turned away, however, because a Federal law dating from 1792 barred Negroes from bearing arms for the U.S. army (although they had served in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812). In Boston disappointed would-be volunteers met and passed a resolution requesting that the Government modify its laws to permit their enlistment. The Lincoln administration wrestled with the idea of authorizing the recruitment of black troops, concerned that such a move would prompt the

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    he’s clear to leave, he visits his family at their plantation, where he meets Frederick Douglass, and is offered the position of Colonel for the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. He accepts the promotion, and invites his old friend, Major Forbes, to be his right hand man in leading the infantry. He accepts as well, and soon after, black soldiers quickly volunteer, of these including Rawlins, Searles, Trip, etc., which will become important factors in the plot of the movie. Throughout the film, it is clear

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    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

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    Ed Zwick’s Glory - An Exemplary Model for Historical Films “History, I am convinced, is not just something to be left to the historians.” - Warren Susman [1] From a critic’s point of view, what is there not to scrutinize when a white, Jewish filmmaker is responsible for a historical film about African-Americans during the Civil War? One which happens to have a brave young Boston Brahmin as the supposed leader of a colored battalion? Surely he does not have the license to create a film

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    depicts the struggles any society endures in order to become civilized through the depiction of the 54th colored regime’s training and struggles, to represent the struggles societies endure in their progress and journey to becoming civilized. The movie is depicted from the perspective of Colonel Shaw who is of wealthy descent. Despite being a Northerner he does not understand the colored soldiers who volunteer for his colored regime. Many Northerners and Union soldiers despite supporting the abolition

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