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At the outset of the American Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, an educated Cuban born teenager, fought as an officer in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She chafed against the gender and race restrictions of her time, and her 1876 memoir, A Woman in Battle, caused a sensation.
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5.0

Rebel, worth watching more than once

By EP

from Canada

Comments about PBS Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War DVD:

What a beautifully written and filmed production. I found REBEL thought provoking. It challenged the lens through which I view the world. It shows how family, society/culture attempts to mould the individual into its own image and the consequences for non conformity. But like Loreta, those who are courageous enough to do is change the world.

If you have ever challenged cultural/societal norms you will feel a kindred spirit with Loretta.

Thank-you for creating a space to have a discussion about culture, skin colour, race, gender roles and war

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exciting untold Civil War story - Librarian Review

By estherdelcarmen

from McAllen, TX

Comments about PBS Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War DVD:

I screened the film for students to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. We were collectively excited and moved by this nuanced story. The music, acting, and editing enhance a story relegated to the footnotes of history, a history that even feels relevant today. I recommend this film to any library in the United States. The film will captivate the attention of even the most reluctant student who will have a better understanding of history, diversity, and the world we live in today.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Inspirational, well-crafted, historical

By Kimberly Bautista, Filmmaker

from Pasadena, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War DVD:

This is a truly incredible film. I have watched both the festival version and the television version. It is a thorough assessment of something very absent from popular knowledge--the participation of women during the Civil War, and it focuses on a Latina trailblazer, no less! Loreta Velazquez is an incredible historical figure, and this film is destined to make her an icon for many. The most incredible thing is the filmmaker was able to construct an image of a woman whose face we will never know. Haunting, beautiful, and patriotic in a non-conventional way.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great story, well told!

By Eric

from Cambridge, MA

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Comments about PBS Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War DVD:

A complicated and nuanced story which opens a whole different perspective on the Civil War. I very much enjoyed it, and I think you will too. Valazquez was a remarkable woman, far ahead of her time.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Women Civil War Soldiers? And a Latina?!

By Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas

from Boston, MA

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Comments about PBS Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War DVD:

This film took my understanding of the Civil War to new heights. While I knew of some women fighting undercover as men, I had no idea to what extent. Nor did I ever imagine a Latina with such a rich history would be a part of this American formative chapter. Without this film, I dare say Loreta Velazquez's story would have been lost. What an excellent revisitation of the Civil War and introduction to one of its unsung sheroes.

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