Just War Theory and the Movie "Glory"

Topics: American Civil War, Southern United States, United States Pages: 3 (913 words) Published: December 31, 2010
Movie Review – The Just War Theory and “Glory”
RS-289-WB - Religion, War & Peace

Glory is a movie that reenacts the formation of the first Negro infantry, the 54th Massachusetts, during the Civil War. Led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the volunteer Massachusetts infantry endured grueling training and strict discipline. Under his watchful eye, they slowly transformed from being wild and unruly to proud, courageous, and patriotic soldiers. Although the North believed in the abolition of slavery, many Northerners’ still thought the Negro to be inferior to the White race and did not believe they could fight as well. They were soon to be proven wrong.

When the moment of battle came upon the 54th at Fort Wayne, SC, they fought with all the bravery and pride that any Union soldier would have felt. Their infantry suffered heavy casualties during the battle, including the loss of their beloved Colonel Shaw.

The American Civil War was the bloodiest war fought on American soil. It was also the saddest war for the same reason. Countryman against countryman, brother against brother; a war no American would have ever dreamed might be possible. But it happened. It was a war fought not only to abolish slavery, but to gain back the Southern states that had succeeded from the Union. While the North wanted only to preserve the Union and Democracy, the South believed that succession was the only way to prevent the North from taking away their rights; their rights to free labor, i.e., slavery. Democracy meant freedom for all. Southern states depended on slave labor and many could not afford to pay laborers to work their farms; their livelihood would be on the brink of collapsing. The North was becoming too strong!

Just who was it that waged war against the Southern states of America; a civil war? It was the legitimate and legal authority, of the United States Government. No authority in the U.S. could be higher

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