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story.lead_photo.caption American Experience - Sharpshooter Annie Oakley is among women celebrated on PBS series

American Experience is airing a special salute to "Women in History" this month with encore broadcasts of four films. The month is already underway and the "Amelia Earhart" film aired May 7, but there are still three to go. They air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on AETN.

"Annie Oakley" airs this week. She was the toast of New York, Victorian London and eventually the world. She was "adopted" by Indian Chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot. This film is the story of a 5-foot, 100-pound sharp shooter who pulled herself out of the depths of poverty to become and iconic performer known the world over as a symbol of the Wild West.

"Emma Goldman" airs May 21. Known as "Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists," the Russian emigrant was controversial in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on the government, big business and war. But many admired Goldman for her defense of labor rights and women's emancipation, and as a fearless writer and publisher.

"Rachel Carson" airs May 28. Her book Silent Spring -- published in 1962 -- became a phenomenon. It was a passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides (DDT), and it unleashed a national debate and provoked vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. But it also inspired President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides. The investigation would eventually result in new laws designed to protect and preserve the environment.

Style on 05/12/2019

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