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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya also known as Marguerite discovers all the splendors and agonies of growing up in a prejudices and disfunciual time in America From the slow pacesed life of stamps Arkansas to the fast-pace life in St Louis Missouri and San Francisco California Mayas childhood is full of many obstacles and shows her how prejudice stretches from coast to coast When Maya was three years old her successful mother sent her and Bailey from California to Stamps to stay with their grandmother Mrs Annie Henderson Soon thought of as their real mother Momma raised her grandchildren with the strict Southern principles such as wash your feet before you go to bed always pray to the savior and you shall be forgiven chores and school come before play and help those in need and you shall be helped yourself Those principles formed Maya and Bailey to grew older and wiser in Stamps each year watching the Negro cotton-pickers come and go while the white folks had no hardships even close to comparison Even with a loving family she could still never come to coups with her physical features my family was handsome to a point of pain for me One day their father came back to Stamps and called for Maya and Bailey to return home with him to St Louis Bailey agreed quickly while being bored with the simple life in Arkansas but tender-hearted Maya was frightened by the idea of big cities and strange people Maya thinks of St Louis as a foreign country I carried the same shield that I had used in Stamps I didnt come to stay Maya states In St Louis where she was presented an entirely different lifestyle Maya experienced many moments that caused her to miss for the quiet safety of Stamps Her mothers boyfriend Mr Freeman sexually abused her twice and when she testified in court against
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