Glory is a film that is based on two books that highlight the Civil War era in America. Lay this Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallent Rush by Peter Burchard. One Gallent Rush is based on letters written by the Colonel Robert Goud Shaw himself, the 54th infantry’s leader. Glory highlighted the lack of equality amongst the American army despite the background cause of the Civil War.
The 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Infantry
This infantry was the first infantry that was established to include people of the African American descent. Of those African American’s was two of Frederick Douglas’ own sons. Being that men were the dominant citizens of the community during this time, it was test of faith for black men to see if they were fit to be accepted as men in the community. The infantry is well known for its attack of Battle Wagner on July 16. It was the battle that ultimately measured the fellow soldiers character and will to be men.
Glory was movie that expressed the hardships that African Americans had to endure, even as soldiers who were fighting along side other soldiers. African Americans were doubted, treated unfair, denied privileges, and benefits as soldiers. In a moral sense, the black soldiers lives weren’t worth that of the white soldiers. Their time and effort that was put forth in the war didn’t ever add up to that of the white soldiers which speaks volume about America during this time period. The letters use to create the book, and that book that was used to orchestrate this film captures a lot of emotion and attitudes that soldiers had when this was going on.