Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper

By Shirl Kasper

“Nothing extra easy, I guarantee you….But I’ll let you know what. you need to have your brain, your by no means, and every little thing in concord. Don’t examine your gun, easily keep on with the item with finish of it, as though the top of the barrel was once the purpose of your finger.” –Annie OakleyAnnie Oakley is a legend? America’s maximum woman sharpshooter, a lady who triumphed within the masculine global of street exhibits and firearms. regardless of her nice reputation, the preferred photograph of Annie Oakley is much from precise. She used to be neither a swaggering western gal nor a candy “little girl.” Annie Oakley was once a aggressive and resolute lady who desired to be the simplest and succeeded. during this accomplished biography Shirl Kasper units the checklist directly, giving us a correct, sincere, and compelling portrait of the girl often called “Little definite Shot.”Born Phoebe Ann Moses in Ohio in 1860. Annie took her first shot at age eight?“one of the simplest pictures I ever made,” Annie later stated. It was once the beginning of her lifelong fascination with capturing. Early neighborhood acclaim ended in a competition with Frank Butler, a certified sharpshooter. Annie gained and Frank fell in love together with her. Annie and Frank (who ultimately gave up his personal act to be Annie’s supervisor) have been wed no longer lengthy after and remained married for forty-two years, until eventually their deaths in 1926 simply day apart.Annie’s sharpshooting profession begun whereas at the highway with Frank’s convey, yet she rose to popularity in her seventeen years with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Her velocity, agility, uncanny precision, and grace quickly made Annie international recognized. taking pictures was once her ardour; except her profession with the Wild West, Annie hunted, shot catch, entered many taking pictures contests, played for global struggle I troops, and, in her retirement years, taught millions of girls tips on how to shoot.Annie Oakley presents a bright and unforgettable portrait of this American unique: a prim and correct girl, conservative in her perspectives, hand-working and frugal, whose maximum resource of delight used to be to be approved as “a lady.” major occasions are documented right here for the 1st time: Annie’s choice to hitch the suffering Wild West exhibit; her assembly with Sitting Bull; the character of her feud with Lillian Smith, one other Wild West markswoman; and the genuine cause that Annie’s hair without notice grew to become white while she was once basically 41. completely researched, totally annotated, and fully unsentimental, this quantity is the main whole and checklist of Annie Oakley’s lifestyles and achievements.

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Buffalo Bill and His Wild West 35 7. In the Arena 41 8. A Season with Sitting Bull 51 9. Summer in New York 58 10. The Magical Year in London 69 11. Riding with Pawnee Bill 93 12. A Postcard from Paris 103 13. A Press Sweetheart 118 14. At Home in Nutley 128 15. Village on Wheels 140 16. The Old Home Folks 153 17. End of the Road 162 18. The Western Girl 170 19. At the Traps 181 20. The Final Stand 189 21. A House on Hambrooks Bay 197 22. At the Carolina 203 23. Trouble on the Dixie Highway 219 Page viii 24.

He later laughed at himself when he told about a theater he had once played in Philadelphia. The theater was next door to a fire station, and one of his newly trained dogs was an old fire dog. 11 Better times were ahead. 12 He learned to shoot while Page 14 sighting through a mirror and to fire a rifle while bending over backwards. He found a couple of partners, though neither was a woman: one was a man named Baughman; the other a poodle named George. They began performing in the variety theaters, which were so numerous in New York City in 1875 that the New York Times confessed it couldn't hope to keep a record of all the program changes.

That paradox was part of her appeal. She had a pleasant, wide smile, and thick, dark hair cut close around her face and worn long in back, falling over her shoulders. There was magnetism in the way she smiled, curtsied in the footlights, and did that funny little kick as she ran into the wings. There was something, too, about that name, Annie Oakley. It pos- Page 23 sessed some unexplainable magic. How Annie Moses thought it up, no one knows for sure. Some say, though doubtfully, that it was an old family name.

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