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

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Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil WarIn 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret - he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban... ... More
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Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret - he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She scandalized America when she revealed her story in her 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. Attacked not only for her criticism of war, but her sexuality and social rule-breaking, Velazquez was dismissed as a hoax for 150 years. But evidence confirms she existed, one of over 1,000 women soldiers who served in the Civil War.

What made her so dangerous she was erased from history? Actors and historians bring Velazquez' story to life in this documentary, weaving drama and animation with historical and archival material to unravel the mystery of this secret soldier. Rebel is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

Bonus video: Go behind the scenes of the making of Rebel

Production Year: 2013
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen


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REBEL:LORETA VELAZQUEZ
Review by Tom G. review stating REBEL:LORETA VELAZQUEZ
VERY GOOD, WITH A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT I LEARN SOMETHING. I AM ENJOY THING ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR. VERY GOOD
Fascinating Story!
Review by Jen J. review stating Fascinating Story!
This film takes you back in time to see how the amazing life of Loreta Velazquez unfolds in relation to the Civil War. This really brings the time period to life. Through her story and the questions it leaves us with, the documentary encourages us viewers to ponder how and why parts of her story were/are contested, and to think about how history gets written. I loved this video and recommend it most highly!
A True Masterpiece
Review by Somegirl review stating A True Masterpiece
This is just an incredible story that should be seen by all American school children as well as adults. In my opinion, Civil War buffs would enjoy this film immensely. The director of this documentary did an outstanding job as far as guiding the actors to reenact this time period and series of events. The setting and costumes were very authentic. It is also evident that a tremendous amount of research was done to portray Loreta Janeta Velazquezs story in a historically accurate light. I highly recommend this documentary.

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