Biography: Annie Oakley: Crackshot in Petticoats

Subject: History
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Source: Biography

Annie Oakley became one of the top acts in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. The couple toured with the show for years, and audiences were wowed by her abilities. She could shoot off the end of a cigarette held in her husband's lips, hit the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces, and shoot distant targets while looking into a mirror. Oakley even entertained such royals as Queen Victoria and Kraiser Wilhelm II—and shot a cigarette out of his mouth. Not even a railroad accident in 1901 could slow her down for long. Despite being partially paralyzed, Oakley kept on delighting crowds with her tricks. This episode of Biography examines the life of the sharpshooter from her childhood where she learned to shoot to her days in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.


60-minute runtime; 2-year copyright clearance.

March 22 at 7:00AM ET/PT

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