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When Maya Angelou was three years old and her brother was four they were sent from their father in California to their paternal grandmother in Stamps Arkansas Their grandmother runs a store there which is the center of life in the Negro community of the town Maya starts reading and enjoying literature while she is in Stamps Shakespeare especially along with prominent black writers Maya talks about her great love for her brother They are opposite in appearance with him being more attractive and graceful but despite their differences their friendship is vitally important to the young Maya Angelou tells of how her grandmothers unfailing subservience around every white person angers her A few poor white girls mock Momma and then one does a handstand showing off the fact that she isnt wearing any underwear Maya is enraged at the girls behavior but Momma stands there and acts politely toward them The depression hits Stamps and leads to difficulty making ends meet Momma is able to keep the store going through a system of trade Christmas comes and Maya and Bailey get presents from their parents who they hadnt heard from for years Neither of them wanted to be reminded of being sent away and become sad thinking about it Maya and Baileys father comes to Stamps the next year and it is hard for them to face their father When he leaves he takes Maya and Bailey with him which makes them feel wanted again But they soon find out he is leaving them with a mother that they dont even know When they finally do meet their mother though they are completely taken with her this soothes Maya and Baileys sadness at being abandoned by their father Maya and Bailey find that the big city and its people are nothing like those of Stamps Angelou describes the extended family there including another grandmother and her mothers three ruthless bad-tempered brothers Maya and Bailey
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