Movie Review for History 1301

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Movie Review: GLORY (1989) Even though preserving the territorial integrity was the sole purpose of the American civil war, but at the end it also abolished slavery alongside keeping the country intact. The movie GLORY depicts the story of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th volunteer regiment, the first regular U.S. army unit composed of black soldiers during the Civil War. Colonel Shaw, a white abolitionist and hundreds of black volunteers in his regiment, gave their lives to prove that they could fight as good as the whites in the war. The movie is directed by Edward zwick and the character of the Colonel Shaw is played by Matthew Broderick which is also the most important and most dominant character in the movie. The characters of private trip, Sgt. Major John Rawlins and Major Cabot Forbes are respectively played by Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes. The movie’s storyline is based on the actual letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw written to his mother and also on the books named Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard. The movie was released on 15th December, 1989 by TriStar Pictures and Freddie Fields Productions. There were several reasons which led to the civil war of America. As for one is the economic and social differences between north and south where north became more industrious and south remained as agricultural which made it to depend on slavery. Another one is the conflict over the states versus federal rights where the federal government denied the right of nullification to the states which ultimately moved the southern states towards secession. But, the most important one is that the clash over the continuation of slavery which ultimately divided the two sides into two distinguishing forces of anti-slavery and pro-slavery. The fugitive slave act of 1850 was one of the

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