“Ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West called. “Miss Annie Oakley, the little girl of the Western Plains!” Oakley galloped into the arena, firing her gun from different angles and hitting even the most difficult targets. Rivaling all other sharpshooters of her day, Annie Oakley, the first female competitive shooter, opened doors for women to new sports and new opportunities.
In Annie Oakley: Legendary Sharpshooter, author Jean Flynn explores the life of the Ohio woman who became one of the best known performers and sports stars in the world. Tracing the life of ‘Little Sure Shot’, Jean Flynn shows how the romantic myths surrounding Oakley’s life as the ‘western girl’ helped create the legend of the American West that survives today.