David Blights primary argument in “The Meaning or The Fight: Frederick Douglass and The Memory of The Fifty Fourth Massachusetts” shares the opinion Frederick Douglass has about the treatment of African American soldiers and the battle that occurred in 1863. In the article Blight gives a brief description on Robert Gould Shaw meeting abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and Douglass’s role in the film “Glory”. Blights article also points out Douglass trying to get African Americans treated fairly while there was much racism towards them during the civil war. He explains how Abraham Lincoln became Douglass idol by his second inaugural speech that was placed in March of 1865 and their relationship before Lincoln was elected president.
African American soldiers were frowned upon by the white soldiers and also went without pay and/or supplies but they continued to fight for their beliefs. Douglas tries to explain that not just African Americans experienced racism but Caucasian soldiers also. Blight shows how Frederick was extremely blunt when explaining that African American soldiers faced hatred and was explained that the soldiers fought for principle and not passion in which he disagreed with this statement. Douglas and his son served as recruiters for the fifty fourth Massachusetts but as abolitionists he still had difficulty finding reasons behind unfair treatment and unequal pay for African American soldiers.
Some of the strengths in this article would be the detailed description Blights tells about Frederick Douglass and his slavery past and his views on everything during the civil war. He gives a brief history on how Douglass escaped from slavery and his leadership in the abolitionist movement.
Some weaknesses of the article is it leaves out the great relationship built between Lincoln and Douglass and how they worked together to abolish slavery. Also it concentrated too much on the unfair treatment to African Americans when other issues could have been just as...