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Transcript of Annie Oakley
Overcame many difficulties as a child including:
her house burned down
Her father dies of pneumonia
Because of her family’s financial difficulties after her father’s death, she went to work as a child to help pay the mortgage
While working as a servant, she was mentally and physically abused
After a while working as a servant she returned home, but her family still had financial trouble, so she taught herself to use a rifle, and shot wild animals and sold them for profit
Her talent of always hitting the head of the animal, preventing any chance of the meat being spoiled by the bullets earned her a wide acclaim in her region, and when famous marksmen Frank E. Butler was passing through, he invited her to a challenge, which she won. Hit 25/25 targets while he hit 24/25. They then began traveling together doing shoot out shows and married each other.
"little sure shot" Career Oakley and her husband’s first show was May 1st 1882 and she started off as a fill-in for his sick partner. She then began regularly assisting him in his shows and slowly progressed into being the star.
The couple met “Sitting Bull” during one of their shows and, he first coined Annie’s nickname “little sure shot” and almost used her as a replacement for his deceased daughter
The y also incorporated their dog, George, into their shows.
After, they joined the Sells Brother’s Circus for one season, however left due to unsafe working conditions
Next they joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1850 until 1901, and this pivotal point is when Annie becomes the start instead of her husband’s assistant or partner
Her Significance in History Not only a skilled marksman, Oakley was an philanthropist /activist in her community and great supporter of women’s rights
Aided in establishing women the right to use and bear arms
Also helped women further their education by financially supporting many
Educated women on gun safety and how to shoot
During the Spanish-American war and World WarӀ She offered to rally up a women’s division of volunteers and to teach marksmanship ,and raised money for the Red Cross
The Annie Oakley Motto:
"Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the Bull's-Eye of Success."
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Edwards, Bess. "Annie Oakley's Life and Career." The Annie Oakley Foundation. The Annie Oakley Foundation, 19 Dec. 2004. Web. 20 Mar. 2010. <http://www.annieoakleyfoundation.org/bio.html>.