Thursday, February 27, 2014

[Quick Picks] Black History Month: A Brave Black Regiment

Note: The Boston Book Company edition was published in 1894

The acclaimed film Glory was inspired by the book, A Brave Black Regiment. It was written by an eyewitness, Luis F. Emilio, to the bravery of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. This African American unit’s service and extraordinary courage in the face of being poorly supplied with equipment, underpaid, and fully aware of death if taken prisoner by Confederates, was a turning point in United States military history. The 54th Massachusetts participated in some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War, and fired one of the first shots toward equality for all United States citizens. --Marilyn, Central Library

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