U.S. History in Film

Prof. McClurken’s HIST 329 — Fall 2008

Glory, an Exceptional Story

Glory is my favorite movie by far. I found it’s portrayal of history to be the most accurate. However, I found the group of black soldiers that the movie concentrates on to be somewhat stereotypical. There is the sage, wise one, the intellectual, the badass and the stuttering, naive one. Aside from this downfall, the movie was very captivating and held my interest. I was somewhat confused during the scene when the 54th regiment arrives in Beaufort, SC because the house in the scene displays a Union flag, or what I thought was a Union flag, although it is a Southern city, so I assumed a Confederate flag would be displayed. Also, the eagerness of the black soldiers to enlist in the Army was accurate because they were fighting for their freedom and for a moral way of life. This was their opportunity to fight for their country and to pledge their allegiance to a free and democratic nation.

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