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A Raisin in the Sun

“A Raisin in the Sun” is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that appeared on Broadway in 1959. The title originates from the ballad “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The story about a dark family’s life in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood as they endeavor to “better” themselves with an insurance payout following, the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. The idea of his play Hansberry defined as a clash of the American family with trading ideals of society. The action is devoid of external drama, extreme situations: it’s – if you take a purely external layer – the story of the Negro family moving to a new house located in the “white” quarter of Chicago. The basis of the plot is the real circumstances of the family history of the Hansberry itself.

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