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From the PublisherThere is a lot of fascinating historical information in Her Best Shot, but its most attractive feature is the well-written narrative.
—Women & Guns
Browder examines the relationship between women and guns in America and the ways in which the figure of the armed woman has served as a lightning rod for cultural issues. She traces appearances of the armed woman across a chronological spectrum from the American Revolution to the present and an ideological spectrum ranging from the Black Panthers to right-wing militias. In an entertaining and provocative analysis, she looks at women including Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the American Revolution; Pauline Cushman, who posed as a Confederate to spy for Union forces during the Civil War; Wild West sure-shot Annie Oakley; African explorer Osa Johnson; 1930s gangsters Ma Barker and Bonnie Parker; and Patty Hearst, the hostage-turned-revolutionary-turned-victim.
|Introduction : The news about women and guns||1|
|1||Military heroines : narratives of female soldiers and spies in the Civil War||22|
|2||Little miss sure shot and friends, or how armed women tamed the West||57|
|3||Maid Marians and bad mothers : from the gungirls of the 1920s to the gangsters of the 1930s||100|
|4||Radical women of the 1960s and 1970s||136|
|5||Armed women of the far right : race mothers, warriors, and the surprising case of Carolyn Chute||186|
|6||Armed Feminism or family values? : women and guns today||212|