Glory

My initial reaction to Glory upon finishing the film was that this was a powerful portrayal of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.  The movie does great in moving the story along with Robert Gould Shaw reading his letters and serving as a narrative.  Glory captures all the complexities of the situation, from Gould’s personal struggles with being in charge of the most prominent all-black regiment to the character division among the blacks themselves; from the battle scenes that convey the emotion of both the black and white Union troops to the blacks’ attempts to re-defining themselves; and how racism was used as both a tool for insult and motivation for the black soldiers.  While Gould’s letters to his parents serve as the primary source about this army, Glory is an excellent secondary account about the past that worked hard in creating the most accurate story for history-enthusiasts.

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