I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Chapter 28: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Miss Kirwin: Marguerite’s teacher in San Francisco

Summary
Chapter 28 describes the education of Marguerite in the public schools and at the California Labor School. She describes the public schools as often violent; fights were commonplace.

Marguerite receives a scholarship to the California Labor School. Marguerite has one good experience there; she develops a new allegiance in her life: Miss Kirwin and her information. This teacher brings her knowledge to Marguerite and makes an impression on Marguerite for the rest of her life. Years later Marguerite finds the school is on the “House Un-American Activities list of subversive organizations.”

Analysis
The setting and characters in California are important parts of Chapter 28. The reader experiences firsthand the social groups in the high school near Marguerite’s home and at George Washington High School and the teachers at the California Labor School.

Marguerite attends the high school near her home and is thrown into a group of “young ladies . . ....

(The entire section is 328 words.)