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By William C. Davis

She glided by many names—Mary Ann Keith, Ann Williams, Lauretta Williams, and more—but historical past understands her most sensible as Loreta Janeta Velasquez, a lady who claimed to have posed as a guy to struggle for the Confederacy. In Inventing Loreta Velasquez, acclaimed historian William C. Davis delves into the lifetime of certainly one of America’s early celebrities, peeling again the myths she herself created to bare a startling or even extra fantastic reality.

This groundbreaking biography unearths a lady really varied from the general public character she promoted. In her bestselling memoir, The girl in Battle, Velasquez claimed she used to be an emphatic accomplice patriot, yet in reality she never observed strive against. in its place, throughout the struggle she synthetic bullets for the Union and persuaded her accomplice husband to abandon the Army.

After the Civil battle ended, she wore many mask, masterminding bold self belief schemes worthy hundreds of thousands, corresponding to making a phony mining corporation, conning North Carolina citizens to again her financially in a pretend immigration scheme, and attracting traders to construct a railroad throughout western Mexico. With numerous husbands, Velasquez sought her fortune either within the American West and within the Klondike, even though her endeavors fee one husband his existence. She additionally turned a social reformer advocating on behalf of higher legal stipulations, the Cuban insurrection opposed to Spain, and the plight of Cuban refugees. additional, Velasquez used to be one of many first girls to venture into journalism and presidential politics. continually a sensational press favourite, she displayed all through her lifestyles an uncanny skill to control well known media and to profit from her reputation in a manner that prefigured celebrities of our personal time, together with utilizing her testimony in a Congressional inquiry approximately Civil struggle counterfeiting as a method of selling her newest enterprise ventures.

So little has been identified of Velasquez’s genuine lifestyles that a few postmodern students have glorified her as a “woman warrior” and used her as an instance in cross-gender concerns and arguments pertaining to Hispanic nationalism. Davis firmly refutes those notions by means of bringing the historic Velasquez to the surface. The real tale of Velasquez’s existence is much extra attention-grabbing than faulty interpretations and her personal fanciful inventions.

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