The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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With a widowed mother and six siblings, Annie Oakley first became a trapper, hunter, and sharpshooter simply to put food on the table. Yet her genius with the gun eventually led to her stardom in Buffalo Billís Wild West Show during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The archetypal western woman, Annie Oakley urged women to take up shooting to procure food, protect themselves, and enjoy healthy exercise, yet she was also the proper Victorian lady, demurely dressed and skeptical about the value of womenís suffrage. Glenda Riley presents the first interpretive biography of the complex woman who was Annie Oakley.

  

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

For the most part this was a well written biography of the Sharpshooter Annie Oakley. My problem with it was that the author decided that her "legacy" was more important than her life. She covered the ... Read full review

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User Review  - susanamper - LibraryThing

A disappointment. For such a fascinating character, Riley manages to make Oakley seem boring. It's hard to believe that there is nothing to discovered about Oakley, but Riley takes 200+ pages to do just that. Read full review

Contents

The show business
27
The birds were first class
63
To be considered a lady
112
Girl of the Western Plains
145
Why did I give up the arena?
176
The Legend
206
Who Was Annie Oakley?
231
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About the author (2001)

Glenda Riley, the author of numerous books regarding women in the American West, is retired as the Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

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