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The Whole Staircase: Films Celebrating 400 Years of African American History & Culture

Glory (1989)

The Library selected this film for inclusion in The Whole Staircase Film series.

"Edward Zwick's Glory (1989), a Civil War historical drama starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman, is especially memorable for its attention to physical detail- the cinematography and production design are both breathtaking. But Zwick's story, which is based on real events, also deals with the plight of African-American troops during the War Between the States, a topic that, quite shamefully, is barely touched upon in this country's history books. For that reason, the film is more challenging than your average Civil War picture. Many of the narrative's key battles are fought between men who are supposed to be comrades in arms." - Turner Classic Movies

Screening Dates and Locations

May 14, 2019
Location: Palatka Campus Library
Start time: 5:30 p.m.

All are welcome!

September 19, 2019

5:30 p.m., Palatka Campus Library

Members of the Race Issues Study Circle will be in attendance.

All are welcome to this free event!

If you need an interpreter, please email Dr. Will at least 2 days before the event.

Film Information - Glory

Synopsis: "Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates." - publisher

Run time: 122 minutes

This film is rated R.

Licensed through Swank

Resources for Further Exploration - Glory

Online Resources

Sergeant Henry F. StewardThe True Story Behind the Movie Glory  

Little-known Civil War battle carried huge significance

How the Men of 'Glory' Stood Up to the U.S. Government 

54th Regiment! - from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Provides photographs of men who served in the 54th including the picture of Sergeant Henry F. Steward featured here.

54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment: Raising a True John Brown Corps - an exhibit at Tufts 

Creating ‘The Glorious 54th’

Exhibit: 54th Mass Casualty List - from the National Archives and Records Administration

'Glory' Resurrects Its Black Heroes - 1989 New York Times article about the film

TNR Film Classic: 'Glory' (1990)

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Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.

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Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

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Maintenance will cease at the end of 2019 but this site will remain accessible.