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Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West

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Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West

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dc.contributor.author Reece, Amy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-02T15:19:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-02T15:19:26Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12825
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the lives and legends of two of the most iconic women of the Old West, Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. The focus of this study is not biography, however, rather a look at how they fit into the classic myth of the West, as envisioned by Henry Nash Smith. A review of the major literature on all three topics is followed by biographical information on both women, including the evolution of their legend. The final section of the paper analyzes how Oakley and Calamity Jane fit into and embody various aspects of the myth, Oakley representing the Garden of the World, while Calamity Jane is the Desert. This study opens the way for future work in gender in the West that examines the way some women challenged the existing power structure and male domination in the West. en_US
dc.subject American West, history, women's history en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926
dc.subject.lcsh Calamity Jane, 1852-1903
dc.subject.lcsh Myth--Social aspects--United States--History--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Women--West (U.S.)--History
dc.title Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree History en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Hutton, Paul
dc.description.committee-member Cahill, Cathleen
dc.description.committee-member Scharff, Virginia


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