Civil War Conversations- The History and Hollywood of Glory

Here’s Professor Brian Steel Wills giving a presentation at the American Civil War Museum discussing the movie “Glory” and the real history of the 54th Massachusetts compared and contrasted with the screen version in the movie.

The video’s description reads, “Every engagement during the American Civil War contained elements of human drama, but few were as profound as those found when members of the 54th Massachusetts assaulted Battery Wagner outside Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 1863. Explore how the 1989 film Glory chronicled the historical events in which this regiment of black troops won enduring fame. With Brian S. Wills, Kennesaw State University.”

This is a really good talk.


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