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Copy of Raisin in the Sun Introduction

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Anna Gay

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Raisin in the Sun Introduction

Post World War II America
1930
Lorraine Hansberry is born in Chicago, Illinois
1938
Hansberry's family moves into a white neighborhood.
1939
WWII
Begins
America enters WWII
1941
1945
WWII
Ends
Civil Rights Movement
1950-1970
1960
"Baby Boom"
35.5 mill children
as apposed to 1950's 24.3
1954
"Brown vs. Board of Education"
1955
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat
on bus
1957
A Raisin in the Sun published
Hansberry's play opens on broadway
1959
1963
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech"
1964
"Civil Rights Act"
passed
1965
Hansberry dies
of cancer
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