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American History TV: U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

Washington, DC
Monday, August 12, 2013

This week on American History TV in prime time, we look at the Civil War. Tonight, watch three programs on remembering the role of U.S. Colored Troops in the "War Between the States."

First, a discussion from the New-York Historical Society on the role abolitionist Frederick Douglass played in the recruitment of black soldiers, and their eventual acceptance into the Union Army by President Lincoln and his generals (8pm ET).

Then a panel of scholars take a critical look at the characterization of black troops in the 1989 film “Glory,” which focuses on the 54th Massachusetts – one of the first all-black units to fight for the Union. This event was part of a conference at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania (9pm ET).

And then, from a conference hosted by the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies in Maryland, historian James McPherson examines the reasons for recruiting black soldiers for the war effort. He is followed by Columbia University history professor Barbara Fields, who looks at racism and slavery during the Civil War era and the motives behind emancipation (10:30pm ET).


Updated: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 2:39pm (ET)

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