1. Col. Robert Shaw: In glory, Col. Robert Shaw can be seen as the abolitionist for several reasons. He fought for fair treatment a pay for the regiment by tearing up his paycheck and demanding shoes and socks. His parents were also well-known abolitionists. Unlike the other black Col. he treated his troops equally an expected them to behave as well as the whit troops. Finally he was Barrie’s with the 54th Mass. Regiment much like he would of wanted. Throughout the movie, he not only expected the blacks to behave in the same manner as the white troops but fought for their equality in the war.
Pvt. Trip: Pvt.
Tripp was a rebel slave that caused a lot of trouble in his own regiment as well as conflicting with others. One of the more influential scenes in the moving is when Pvt. Tripp is whipped for trying to find shoes, this alludes to slavery as we see the whip scars on his back.
This shows Tripp as a runaway slave and later explains why he has no family or deep cultural background. In one of the scenes Pvt. Tripp explains to Shaw that he is not fighting the war for himself, but for the whites. Finally in the end of the movie, when Shaw is shot, Tripp leads the regiment on by picking up the flag and running up the hill towards the gunfire.
Maj. Cabot Forbes: Major Forbes can be described as the “dutiful solider” in glory, because of his actions both in accepting the position and treatment of the soldiers. When Shaw asked Forbes to help him in the war, he said you got it only to please Shaw and fill his duties as a soldier. As Thomas’s friend, he blames Shaw for being cold to Thomas and shows his ideas of equal treatment. During training, Forbes treated the blacks as he would the whites, and shows little care or opposition to the abolitionist movement. Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins: Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins was the first to take initiative in leading the black troops.
Thusly he is the leader of the group. Rawlins was first a field hand in the civil war by walking though the fields after battles and picking up the dead bodies. He both motivated and led the blacks and informed Shaw about the need for shoes. Being a former slave, he was rich with black culture and led their prayer before the final battle. On the boat ride to fight, he was the first black to be promoted. Pvt. Jupiter Sharts: Pvt. Jupiter Sharts is the classic “Sambo” slave, who acts stupid in order to avoid doing work. When first at training he didn’t know his right from left foot when marching.
He was a sharp shooter but took a long time to aim and reload a weapon as Shaw showed him the difficulties of doing it in battle. He had a stutter, and dreamed of freedom and equality. He was also a very religious member of the group as he says “I will died with the musket in one hand and good book in the other… ” Cpl. Thomas Searles “Snowflake”:Cpl. Searles aka “Snowflake” could be considered the romantic of the group. He was and Educated, well dressed free black man. He was a childhood friend of Shaw. He taught the others about inner goodness, and taught them to read.
He was excluded from the black culture after growing up in a white society but was the first to volunteer to join the 54th Mass. . Although he faced early discrimination but fought for the same rights as the others. 2. In the civil war, the CSA released a message shortly after the creation of the 54th Mass. . It said that any leader of a black regiment would be hung and any black solider would be returned to slavery immediately. One of the reasons that they said this was to prevent rebellions in the south. They were also afraid of the revenge afraid of revenge that the slaves might act out on.
They also didn’t like disrupting the social order of slaves. By writing this and sending it to Lincoln, they encouraged them to quit, and the white officers to stop. This was unsuccessful because not only did it d decrease the numbers by few, but it encouraged and motivates them to work harder, in fear of losing and returning to slavery. It was impractical because when the slaves first entered in the war they knew they would die, and therefore didn’t change anything. What it did do was scaring away any excess volunteers and shortens their numbers by a few officers.
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