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American Experience
Annie Oakley
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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NOTE: Rebroadcast and repackaged for season 24 (2012), with new NOLA Code.

In 1926, just a few months before her death, Will Rogers described Annie Oakley as "the greatest woman rifle shot the world has ever produced." As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats and her act helped fuel turn-of-the-century nostalgia for the vanished, mythical world of the American West. Over time she became an American legend -- the loud, brassy, cocksure shooter celebrated in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." But that legend had little to do with the real Annie Oakley. Although famous as a Western sharpshooter, Oakley lived her entire life east of the Mississippi. A champion in a man's sport, she forever changed ideas about the abilities of women, yet she opposed female suffrage. Her fame and fortune came from her skill with guns, yet she was a Quaker. This probing AMERICAN EXPERIENCE production examines the dramatic life of a uniquely American icon whose complex character manifested many of the paradoxes of the nation.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Annie Oakley,” 02/24/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6CEBDF81AF244FABB64BA8D8A0BCAA79.
MLA: “American Experience; Annie Oakley.” 02/24/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6CEBDF81AF244FABB64BA8D8A0BCAA79>.
APA: American Experience; Annie Oakley. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6CEBDF81AF244FABB64BA8D8A0BCAA79
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