I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the autobiographical story of Maya Angelou. It chronicles the author's childhood in her grandmother's home in Arkansas and ends after her first pregnancy and delivery at the age of seventeen. The novel deals heavily with racism during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s and with Maya's long struggle to overcome her own internalized notions about black inferiority and come into her own as a self-possessed woman.

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