P.T. Barnum I: Jumbo

Lead: In 1882 P.T. Barnum scored a publicity triumph by carrying off one of Britain's most popular cultural figures, an African elephant named Jumbo.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: For decades in the nineteenth century Americans were entertained, fooled, and separated from their hard-earn livings by Phineas Taylor Barnum, part naturalist, part huckster, all showman in his various circuses, traveling exhibitions and so-called museums.

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Annie Oakley I

Lead: As a girl Annie Oakley helped feed her destitute family with her keen marksmanship. In later years she made good use of those talents.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the Woman's Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 the progress of the women's movement being led by suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was chronicled. A short distance away, a thoroughly liberated woman was mesmerizing large crowds, doing man's work better than most men. Born Phoebe Ann Moses in the year before the Civil War began, Annie Oakley, the principle performer of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, was practicing what the women's movement was preaching.

 

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Annie Oakley II

Lead: As one of the most celebrated entertainers of her age Annie Oakley excelled in field dominated by men.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the years following the Civil War, the art of accurate marksmanship was a coveted talent. In her youth Annie helped feed and support her family by accurate and consistent shooting. As a teenager she met and married one of the best exhibition shooters of their day, Frank Butler. He became her mentor and manager. By the time they joined forces with Buffalo Bill Coty in his famous Wild West Show in 1885, the two were quite popular in their own right. As her fame grew Butler took a supporting role and proudly watched as his wife's popularity expanded with each season.

 

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