Historical Accuracy of "Glory" Film Review by Nicky

An analysis of the accuracy of the movie "Glory" directed by Edward Zwick.
# 146570 | 904 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper briefly discusses how although "Glory" may not be one hundred percent accurate, but it does portray a real, fighting unit of the Civil War, and it shows how brave the men of the 54th were, and how dedicated to serving their country. The paper concludes that the historical accuracy of the film is not as important as the actual making and viewing of the film. and how it is important for all Americans to recognize the ways blacks served during the Civil War, and how hard they fought to gain the freedom for all blacks in the country.

From the Paper:

"The film was created to entertain and inform, as most films are, and it was not created with the intention of being entirely historically accurate. That would be just about impossible in just about any film. It was created to dramatize and highlight the service of the Massachusetts 54th and other units like them, at a time when there was little known about the black soldiers of the Civil War. In addition, the producers and writers took some situations and dramatized them to make the film more meaningful and memorable. The whipping scene is one of those situations. Whipping was banned in the Army, and Shaw does not seem like the kind of person that would use that punishment, anyway. However, it showed how blacks were treated by their owners at the time, and it helped add drama to the film. It may not have been historically accurate, but it did have a purpose."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Glory. Dir. Edward Zwick. Perf. Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington. Tri-Star Pictures, 1989.
  • Gooding, James Henry. "Massachusetts Black Corporal to the President." University of Maryland. 2009. 16 March 2009. <http://www.history.umd.edu/Freedmen/gooding.htm>.
  • Johnson, Hannah. "Mother of a Northern Black Soldier to the President." University of Maryland. 2009. 16 March 2009. <http://www.history.umd.edu/Freedmen/hjohnsn.htm>.
  • Russell, Brian. "The 1989 Film 'Glory' and How it Helps Expose an Epic Post-Civil War Myth. Helium.com. 2009. 16 March 2009. <http://www.helium.com/items/104438-the-1989-film-glory-and-how-it-helps-expose-an-epic-post-civil-war-myth>.
  • Sterns, George L. "Testimony by the Commissioner for the Organization of Black Troops in Middle and East Tennessee before the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission." University of Maryland. 2009. 16 March 2009.

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