In her story, she writes about her life while describing the battles of being a young, black, and an independent female.These factors are already hard enough just being when society is being ruled by beauty and white standards, but she deals with going through even more tough battles.It begins when Marguerite and Bailey are three and four and ends just after V-Day and Marguerite’s high school graduation. She mixes African American sayings and idioms to achieve her own inimitable mode of expression.
Angelou’s reaction is to fantasize that her grandmother gets revenge by humiliating the dentist and putting him out of business.
He refuses to help, saying, “I’d rather stick my hand in a dog’s mouth” than in the mouth of any black person.
Maya wrote this book in the early 1970s when women autobiographies were informing readers of the importance of all women in America, including African American women.
Maya was living at a time when racism and segregation were at its highest.
When the entire black community of Stamps gathers around the store’s radio to hear the Joe Louis-Primo Carnera fight, Maya Angelou re-creates the pride blacks felt in their hero. Almost always, the result of their labor was minimal subsistence.
When it seems that Louis might lose, she writes, “my race groaned. The Johnsons and the Baxters not only made a good living, they were also in a position to help others.
In this book, Maya Angelou has grown as a young girl to a young adult all very fast.
She showed her mistakes and showed her accomplishments.
What means of resistance against racism does Angelou depict?
How did the opportunities for resistance for rural southern blacks differ from those available to the black people in San Francisco?