History is usually written by the winners. Not so the American Civil war. This year is the 150th anniversary of the United States Colored Troops. But their history has almost been erased.
The American South is filled with monuments over a notorious Southern General, a slave trader who went on to lead the Ku Klux Klan after the war. But very few monuments celebrate the former slaves, who as U.S. Soldiers played a key role in the Northern victory to preserve the Union.
“Too many in the South are refusing to accept that we lost the war. And that we should have lost,” says filmmaker Kent Moorhead.
“I was born and raised there and I am taking back history from them. No more kids should be raised with a Gone With The Wind view of our history”.
Rather Die A Free Man reexamines two Civil War battles in Mississippi where a slave trader now General met former slaves, now soldiers fighting for the Union. And it takes a closer look at the black men and women across the South, who risked all, to be free.