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“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time, 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,” This is a quote said by the famous Annie Oakley herself. Oakley had many prominent characteristics; such as strength, power, intelligence, courage, and boldness. These qualities are what make Annie Oakley a folk hero throughout her entire life, and still today.

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio, on August 13, 1860. She was the fifth of seven children from Jake and Susan Moses. (2) As expected, Annie was a natural at shooting when she was young. Annie was once interviewed and said, “I was eight years old when I took my first shot, and I still consider it one of the best shots I ever made.” She took this shot when one day she saw a squirrel perched on a fence in front of her house. She took down her daddy’s loaded rifle, rested it on the porch railing, and shot the squirrel right through the head from side to side. (1) After a while, Annie was offered a schooling opportunity. Her
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Oakley was the most severely injured human, suffering from extreme internal injuries and partial paralysis. Even after several operations, Oakley’s career looked as if it had come to an end. After months or recovery, though, she was able to resume performing. She toured in 1902 and 1903 with The Western Girl. Her energy was somewhat diminished, but her marksmanship skills remained perfectly in tune. In 1911, she began three seasons of touring with a show called Young Buffalo Wild West, but Annie Oakley never again appeared with Cody’s Wild West.

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