Although raisin addresses specific problems of a black family in southside chicago, it also mirrors the very real problems of all people in an interview with social historian studs terkel, hansberry explains, in order to create the universal, you must pay very close attention to the specific lorraine hansberry was born in. Never before, in the entire history of the american theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage, observed james baldwin shortly indeed lorraine hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the south side of chicago. On the surface, a raisin in the sun is about an african american family's struggle to get out of the ghetto on chicago's southside however, hansberry throughout hansberry's brief life, she took every chance to be revolutionary not only in her actions in everyday life but also through her literary works the fact that she. Directed by kenny leon with sean combs, sanaa lathan, audra mcdonald, phylicia rashad an african-american family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life based on the play by lorraine hansberry. Lorraine hansberry: a raisin in the sun: a study of the social history behind the play, showing how racial prejudice on the part of the housing industry, the government, religious leaders, and individuals contributed to the like most blacks in the chicago ghetto, the younger family lives in a tired, run-down, rat trap (23.
Was given new energy by playwright lorraine hansberry and her play a raisin in the sun the play concerns the family of five—lena's daughter beneatha, her son walter lee and his wife ruby and son travis—lives on chicago's south side in a tiny apartment, with a shared bathroom down the hall the prospect of the. Collaboration of artists, writers, scholars, and activists promoted the study of black history, art and politics such acclaimed chicago black renaissance writers as richard wright, gwendolyn brooks, and lorraine the influx of southern blacks to the already overcrowded south side prompted those families who could. A short summary of lorraine hansberry's a raisin in the sun a raisin in the sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the youngers, an african-american family living on the south side of chicago in the 1950s the matriarch of the family, mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband mama's. In a raisin in the sun, the first play written by an african american to be produced on broadway, she drew upon the lives of the working-class black people who rented from her father and who went to school with her on chicago's south side she also used members of her family as inspiration for her characters hansberry.
Lorraine hansberry from to be young, gifted and black chicago: south side summers 1 for some time now -- i think since i was a child--i have been possessed of the desire to put down the stuff of my life that is a commonplace impulse, apparently, among persons of massive self-interest sooner or later we all do it. [lorraine hansberry wrote raisin in the sun, an explosive 1959 play about a poor black family struggling to make it on chicago's south side] wow in chicago, most people don't know the story of the hansberrys in 1937, carl hansberry bought a house in west woodlawn, which is a white neighborhood.
Written by lorraine hansberry in 1957 when she was 27 years old, the play a raisin in the sun tells the story of an intergenerational african american, southside chicago family whose members are in conflict over how to spend a $10,000 life insurance benefit from the family's deceased father, big walter the family's. Explore black metropolis research consortium's board chicago african american history on pinterest | see more april washday in south side chicago safety negative by russell lee for the resettlement administration negro family living in crowded quarters, chicago, illinois, april (photographer: russell lee. Recent unc greensboro alumna and triad stage dramaturg kamilah bush '15 knows full well the historical significance of lorraine hansberry's “a raisin in the sun” “this play is where the story focuses on a black family living in a south side chicago neighborhood in the 1950s they are negotiating. A new pbs documentary on lorraine's life titled lorraine hansberry: sighted eyes/feeling heart reveals several ways that both her historic play — which was set in the south side of chicago and illustrated the struggles of a working-class black family challenged by racism and a sudden financial windfall.
In 1959, playwright lorraine hansberry made history as the first black woman to have a show produced on broadway the play was a raisin in the sun, a story about a black working-class family in chicago trying to escape the ghetto at the time, most people thought a play about african americans would be a box office.
Lorraine hansberry february is black history month in the united states and canada in commemoration we bring you the third in a four-part series highlighting in the mid-1950s hansberry wrote a play about a struggling black family living in chicago (partly based on her family's experiences) called the. It's also the part of the story most autobiographical to the playwright lorraine's father, carl hansberry, was a successful banker who went into real estate, and in 1938 moved his family from their south side neighborhood to the exclusive white community of washington park, despite a restrictive covenant on blacks living.
Lorraine hansberry's groundbreaking play, a raisin in the sun (1959), tells the story of the youngers, three generations of an african american family living together in a small apartment on chicago's south side set in the postwar era, the play follows the family's struggles with poverty and their decision to move to a. “and the reason was that never before, in the entire history of the american theater, had so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage” in a raisin in the sun, hansberry portrays a black, working-class family in chicago struggling to achieve—with dignity—upward social mobility and the freedom to. In a cramped apartment on the south side of chicago, a struggling family awaits a life insurance payment that could change their circumstances triad stage newcomers for “a raisin in the sun,” lorraine hansberry's story of five african- american dreamers who live in a rathole apartment on the south side of chicago. A raisin in the sun study guide contains a biography of lorraine hansberry, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis the youngers are a poor african-american family living on the south side of chicago an opportunity to escape from poverty comes.