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Elena SmuklerEnglish 9H1 May 2001 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings In the early-19th century African-American were forced to deal with the Depression poverty and primarily discrimination many had to endure tremendous hardships throughout their lives and constantly hoped to survive the pains of discrimination In spite of the many tragedies that befell unto them caused by such prejudices black men and women learned to display a strong sense of self-worth and pride Maya Angelou was one of these people who learned to defeat such adversity Although faced with abandonment bigotry sexual abuse poverty and loneliness her strong determination and pride help her to overcome such hardships Furthermore throughout her childhood Maya learned to become independent and establish her identity as a black unattractive girl living in the South Despite such misfortunes Maya was successful academically collectively and in all endeavors in which she strived to accomplish Maya who was faced with strict discipline and numerous hardships did not always confront her obstructions with responsibility and consideration Like many she rose up against her obstacles with strength yet she frequently did the opposite of what she was taught In the book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings we are given Maya Angelous personal account of her life and how she dealt with abandonment and loneliness discrimination and rape With much strength Maya slowly emerged from her childhood of silence and loneliness to become an independent and proud black woman At the age of three she and her brother Bailey had been sent to live with their paternal grandmother whom they called Momma in the southern town of Stamps Arkansas Momma with strict discipline and little affection taught Maya to live with dignity and respect Despite the care they received from Momma in Stamps Maya and Bailey always seemed to sense a feeling of abandonment Yearly they received Christmas presents from their parents and this terribly upset them because
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