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A new film looks at African-Americans who served in this country's wars.
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A new film looks at African-Americans who served in this country's wars.

By Stephanie Kaye

A new film about the African-Americans who have served in this country's wars will preview tonight at the Smithsonian.

The film is called "For the Love of Liberty". It chronicles the lives of blacks in the military from the Revolutionary War to today.

"It's a collection of letters, diaries, speeches, magazine articles," says filmmaker Frank Martin, which he uses not just to show the big picture, but to make the story of war personal as well.

"You know, when you think of the revolution, you think of George Washington," says Martin. "Well, the first person to lose their life in the cause that would ultimately become the revolution was a black man."

A free preview of "For the Love of Liberty" will be held tonight at 6:30 at the National Museum of American History.

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