Balance Beams In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Balance Beams The United States in the 1950’s was a combination between prosperity and social conflicts. Taking place in the same time period is the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry. The Younger family are apart of the main story line, a typical low income African American family in Chicago’s south side. Due to a misfortunate however, Mama’s husband had recently passed, and the family is due to a $10,000 life insurance check. In the beginning the entire family has different ideas on what to do with their newfound riches. Walter wants to start a liquor business for the long game, and Mama wants to help fund Beneatha's education and buy them all a new larger home. However, due to the time period in which this story takes …show more content…

In the 1950’s most neighborhood were heavily segregated, and it would not be until many years later that his would change. In fact whites tried to keep it like that to prevent Blacks prevails in the changing economy. As explained in the article “Racial Segregation: 1950s and Today’’ by Raeshma Bedi, “Racial segregation in housing prevented blacks from moving into white neighborhoods and that directly affected employment opportunities, economic status and health outcomes of African Americans”. In order to preserve this segregation, the Whites would make threats, harm, or intice the pondering families with money in order to preserve their communities. As seen when Karl Linder attempts to buy out the Younger family in the story. Prior to 1948, the Youngers would never have been able to have moved in to their neighborhood if it were not for the Supreme Courts declaring covenants against Blacks being able to own certain homes as stated in “Black Neighbors, White Neighborhoods” by Jeff Nilsson. This ruling allowed the Youngers to eventually move into their dream house, and finally achieve their American

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