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A Raisin in the Sun: Pre-Reading Research Assignment


In order to fully appreciate the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, it is necessary to understand the historical context in which it set.

The play originally was produced on Broadway  in 1959, but Hansberry defines the setting as "sometime between World War II and the present."

The topics to be researched include:

  1. Jim Crow
  2. Landmark Law Cases
  3. NAACP
  4. Civil Rights (1950s - 1960s)
  5. Segregation 
    1. The Great Migration
    2. Redlining
    3. Fair Housing Act

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