Equality In The Movie Glory

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The film ‘Glory’ shows very clearly the achievements towards equality that Negroes made during the Civil War. Hundreds of black men enlist to fight in the civil war for the pride and respect they felt they deserved. Colonel Robert G. Shaw and Major Cabot Forbes lead the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. They face many prejudices and aim to fight in the civil war just like any other American. But there are several barriers that the regiment faces because of preconceptions against the black community. This struggle for equality is what the Negroes aim for in future years throughout the civil war. In the eyes of the white man, it was believed that when the black soldiers faced the enemy, they would flee when fired upon. It was also believed that blacks could not be disciplined to become soldiers. These two views against the black community were proven incorrect when the black soldiers proved their worth to the northern states when they went into war. In the film ‘Glory’, the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is not granted permission to contribute in the civil war of 1863. ‘There's more to fighting than rest, sir. There's character. There's strength of heart. You should have seen us in action two days ago. We were a sight to see! We'll be ready, sir. When do you want us?’ This was spoken by…show more content…
Private Trip, Denzel Washington, is outraged and tears up his slip shouting, ‘I ain’t gonna take no slave wage!’ This is followed by all the other black soldiers ripping up their slips and throwing them into the air shouting along with private Trip. Colonel Robert G. Shaw is shocked at first but responds with ‘If you men will take no pay...then none of us will.’ This effort towards achieving equality is one of the many barriers that the black soldiers face in the civil war. It is enacted in ‘Glory’ extremely
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