What a phenomenal women Dr. Maya Angelou is. One of her most popular books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is about the first seventeen years of her life. It focuses on her upbringing in the south in the 1930's. She was very insecure when she was younger and she spends a great deal of time discussing this in her book. She was abandoned as a girl and her self esteem is very low. She feels as if she is ugly and would never amount to anything. She endured severe sexual abuse at one point and the man ends up getting murdered and she blames herself for that. Throughout her childhood she witnessed a lot of racism as well. Eventually a positive father figure is present in her life and she starts to feel more confident in herself. The book ends with the birth of her son.