• “I was, despite my Spanish ancestry, an American, heart and soul.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “My career has differed from that of most women.  Some things I have done have shocked persons for whom I have every respect.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “What a fearful thing this human slaughtering was.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “The way to keep a secret, is not to tell it to anybody.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “War fare inevitably breeds corruption”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “A woman labors to fight her own way in the world, and yet, she can often do things that a man cannot.”

    Loreta Velazquez

Jesse Alemán

On camera and Advisor

Professor, American Literary Studies, University of New Mexico, USA

Dr. Aleman centers his lessons and scholarship around two fields: nineteenth-century American literature and the invention of Mexican America focusing on the national identities that were forged after the 1846-1848 U.S. Mexico War. He wrote the introduction to the 2002 republished version of Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 biography, The Woman in Battle.   His 2004 essay, Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line in Drag: The Narrative of Loreta Janet Velazquez, Cuban Women and Confederate Soldier, was published in the book, Look Away, a critically acclaimed series of essays exploring the relationship between the U.S. South and South America.  He is currently working on Wars of Rebellion, a book that places U.S. Hispanic writings about the Civil War in the context of contemporaneous civil wars in Cuba and Mexico.

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