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Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy
Producer/Director/Writer: María Agui Carter
Grade: 9-12
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Women’s Studies, Latina/o Studies, US History

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; learn about the stories of women, such as Loreta Velazquez, and examine the motivations that led them to become soldiers, spies and strategists during the American Civil War; explore how women’s opportunities and roles changed during that period, and why women’s participation was an important aspect of our history; understand the factors and forces that determine how history is shaped for future generations and why some stories are overlooked or suppressed while others are celebrated or mythologized; compare and contrast the challenges that women in combat experienced during the Civil War era with the circumstances women soldiers face today

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