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 Bill’s 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 women’s 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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I don't know just why I'm reading all these eclectic biographies - Truman, Bing Crosby, Annie Oakley. What is that? What should I read next? Read full review


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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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