It tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. It showed how the U.S government was undecided about how to use the African American soldiers, which they intended to use them for manual labor at first. In my opinion the film did exactly what it was intended to do which was informing me of what happened and how things went down. On how the government didn’t really fell as if the blacks were ready to actually fight in a battle. They felt as if they were bad people which were the whole opposite they were fighters and well
He also made sure that these black soldiers had equal pay and treated as well as the white soldiers. The way that people treated black soldiers was absurd to Douglass. Shanks states on page 3 that the leaders of the District did not care about what happened to they black soldiers, which genuinely disappointed
Ian Pruett-Jones 11-18-2014 Anise K. Strong History 3015 Second Paper- Glory Battle Glory is a film that was released in 1989 and is centered on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the Union Army during the Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men. The film deals largely with the theme of a group of downtrodden men looking to fight for their freedom and for their country, only to be met with scorn and disdain from almost every person they meet. The film is a testament to how, even though many people believe that the Union Army’s only noble goal was to free the slaves of the South, there was still a massive amount of prejudice held by many of the Union soldiers. In fact, in the entire movie,
Although all evidence proved Tom Robinson to be not guilty, his color secured his sentencing and inevitable murder. With only their race against them, the black community is ostracized and not taken into full consideration in the eyes of the law. “As she observes the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout begins to discern differences in class in her hierarchical southern community” (S. Ware). Not only is the justice system prejudiced against blacks, but Scout also begins to understand the social stratifications of her own white social system. This system incorporates the Finches as the highest social class, with people such as the Cunninghams following, then the Ewells, and blacks occupy the bottom of the social pyramid.
The debate over which version of the movie The Great Gatsby does justice to the book has long been dominated by critics and journalists, both professional and unprofessional, in the literary world. The 2013 Baz Luhrmann version, although newer and flashier than Jack Clayton’s 1974 version, is lacking the depth that the older version brings to the story. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, tells through narrator Nick Carraway’s eyes the story of Gatsby, a rich man of immense hope who pines over Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love from before the war. Daisy married Tom Buchanan while Gatsby was a soldier because Gatsby was too poor for a socialite such as herself. The story follows Daisy and Gatsby’s brief and tragic reunion in the summer of
When a story aligns itself so deliberately with real individuals from history and strongly claims to have rights of representation of events on lands where they actually took place in the way Gettysburg chose to do from the very beginning of the film, it automatically takes responsibility for accuracy. Leaving out the important portrayals of how life was for the Confederate and Union Armies by failing to fill in the background makes the Confederates meeting the criteria of passive racists by simply applying slurs when in fact the invasion of Virginia opened up opportunities for their actively aggressive racism and physical oppression of all African-Americans of Gettysburg. By having the only African-American in the film be featured as an escaped prisoner whose only salvation was provided by the Federal Army dismisses the background role of African-Americans throughout the entire war as cooks, tailors, and construction workers. The story is told strictly from the perspective of the important people during the Battle of Gettysburg but did not accurately portray the community and daily life of the Civil War, the decisions of those in command affected citizens in Gettysburg at the time. We see this occurrence in other events described in modern-day history, including the portrayal of Napoleon, Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar, and Christopher Columbus.
I don’t understand the logic behind treating the innocent people so poorly, who do the same thing as the white men, if not better than the white men. In class we discussed this lack of care for the freemen, and how the initial integration of them into civilization was almost the same if not worse than them being slaves, as they were constantly isolated from others and treated poorly, without the physical abuse aspect. The movie also makes it seem like Shaw fully supported the black soliders when in actuality, his parents were strong abolitionists although he wasn’t at first and it took him time to respect his soldiers, and to see them as good as white soldiers. Despite it’s minor accuracy flaws,Glory really opened my eyes about the Civil War, as I never knew much about the 54th Regiment, and I didn’t realize how many blacks, and how big of a role
In the movie The Express, it showed a young African American fighting through racial barriers to be accepted by his teammates and the whole nation in college football. All of those movies showed the terrible side of racism and I feel like they got their point across very well. Guess Who’s coming to dinner was a great movie for its time frame, it’s time has passed though as being relevant when it comes to showing racism to the audience. Now Movies show the bad side of racism, not just what will not be as offensive to all members of the audience. To get a point across, you have to show the whole story, not just the good
Forrest Gump: Influencing pop culture “Run Forrest, run!” Forrest Gump is a classic American film filled with drama, humor, and romance. Forrest Gump, released in 1994, is directed by Robert Zemeckis. Winston Groom, the original author of Forrest Gump, and Eric Roth, wrote this adventurous tale of a man who does not realize the history he has been present for. Since Forrest Gump was originally a novel, many new ideas transformed the plot into what has become an Academy Award winning movie and an American classic. Forrest Gump recounts the birth of pop culture in America through the use of historical events, issues of human rights, romance, and advances in film technology.
His passion for the betterment of himself, and his fellow African Americans came into being out of realization of the differing sociopolitical environments he faced upon his transition from Georgia to four sport athlete at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Simon wrote a particularly cruel irony in his newfound freedom that despite his freedom to play integrated football at UCLA, upon his joining the army, those same people who cheered his athletic accomplishments pushed for staunch segregation in the barracks. It was the contrasting environments that drove Robinson’s push for rights. Unlike many blacks trapped by their situation, Robinson was gifted an escape and thus had the rare ability to be both a black man loved, and a black man loathed by whites. It is this juxtaposition that motivated his baseball and post-baseball activism.
The purpose of the Underground Railroad was to free slaves from the ownership of slave owners, and did just that. Over 100,000 thousand slaves were freed from slave owners, and they managed to live their own lives. While slaves escaping did bring about anti-black sentiment from the Southern States most clearly seen in the Fugitive Slave Act, it brought support for abolition because white people could see that all the slaves were just as human as the rest of them. This may not have changed their beliefs of inferiority, but it did change their beliefs that African Americans deserved such cruel treatment. After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else.