#Glory – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Glory – Budget of $18 million – 2 hours and 2 minutes

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Glory
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While fighting in the Civil War, Robert Shaw wrote letters to his parents detailing his time in fighting. Once he came home, his father, along with Frederick Douglas, believed the war could only be won if they trained free slaves to fight and Shaw should lead them. Shaw accepts and when his friend, Thomas (a free man), hears of the news, he is the first to enlist. On the day of enlistment, Shaw is shocked by the number of men who sign up. 600 to be exact. Shaw views on the “colored” soldiers change everyday. He sees how hard they train and how they keep their spirits up while relaxing. He knows this comes from generations backbreaking work and unimaginable pain. Shaw know that his men are ready for war, but those around him don’t believe they are strong enough. They use the regiment for manual labor and lotting. Shaw is disgusted with their lack of supplies, unfair pay, and unfair treatment. Shaw starts a cold war agains the Union leaders to prove this soldiers are just as good as white soldiers.  With some threats of exposure, his troops are off to battle.  Not for themselves, but for America.

This story should not be forgotten. It’s real life, first person accounts are now historical documents. Knowing that these men are capable, but are only used as cattle, in a war meant to free them, is disgusting. But all pain, albeit hard to watch, is a necessary evil. These men paved the way for all soldiers of color. But Trip, who is wonderful flawed, understood the end game. No matter who won, “colored” soldiers would not win. They were hated by the south and disliked by the some of the north. It is great to see Forbes, Robert, and the other commanders grow in respect and resolve for the soldiers. Roberts and Forbes demanded their respect and fair treatment, even though they could lose their lives in the process.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

We fight for men and women whose poetry is not yet written – Robert

You all right there Captain – Mr. Rawlins

We will offer pride and dignity to those who have know only degradation – Frederick Douglas

Well you’re an idiot – Major Forbes

Than I am your first volunteer – Thomas

I run for president, I ain’t win though – Trip

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