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Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy

It is estimated that between 500 and 1,000 women went into military service during the American Civil War, yet their contributions to major events of that era are often overlooked, misunderstood, misrepresented, or undocumented. Using excerpts from the documentary film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy and the remarkable story of Loreta Velazquez as a guide, students will: consider how factors such as gender and race shape our understanding of history.

Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy

This module introduces the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez, confederate soldier turned Union spy during the American Civil War. Accompanied by Activity 1: Drawing Conclusions about Soldiers, students will explore the preconceptions about women in combat.

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Rebel: Women at War

In this module, accompanied by Activity 2: Soldiers, Spies and Strategists, students will explore the lives of women who participated in the Civil War – the roles they played during war, their motivations for joining in battle and their strategies to avoid detection.

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Rebel: Hidden Histories

In this module, accompanied by Activity 3: Hidden Histories Discussion, students will examine the conflict between Loreta Velazquez and Jubal Early and consider the forces that drive the construction of a community or society’s historical narrative, as well as the consequences of those whose stories conflict with or undermine that narrative. .

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