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American Icons: ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’

American Icons: ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’

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Just 50 years ago, an autobiography from a contemporary African American woman was rare, verging on non-existent. But that changed in 1969, when Maya Angelou, age 40, published her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” It was her first of seven autobiographies, and it became the first …

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