I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Essay

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The African American author Maya Angelou wrote several autobiographical volumes about her life experiences. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first, and shows how this gifted author grew up black and female during the 1930s and 40s, in Stamps, Arkansas, St. Louis, Missouri, and San Francisco, California, while explaining black oral story traditions, religious beliefs, practices, discipline and more (Moore). African Americans during this time period endured various hardships, especially since this was a time of civil disorder and protest for people in black communities (“Know”). With this in mind, Maya Angelou depicts the African American experience through her life experiences as a child in the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings takes place from the 1930s to the 1940s (“Know”), but was written in the late 1960s (Walker) and finally published in the 1970s (“Know”). The late 1960s was the height of the black power movement, and people still debated the value of Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief in nonviolence (Walker 167), since he recently got assassinated in April 1968 (“Know”). It was during this time period where the Ku Klux Klan was in ‘power’ lynching blacks and school and communities were segregated (“Know”). African Americans could not respond to the atrocious crimes committed against their race, since justice would not be served in their favor. As a young black girl growing up in the South with this kind of…

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