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        Lorraine Hansberry | A Raisin in the Sun: Jim Crow, Home Ownership, and the American Dream

        Learn how Jim Crow laws impacted home ownership and the pursuit of the American Dream in this series of videos from the American Masters film, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. Lorraine Hansberry’s family was at the forefront of fighting segregation in Chicago in the 1940s, even taking the fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Hansberry’s famous play, A Raisin in the Sun, continues the legacy of her parents by using literature to take a stand against racial inequality and injustice.

        Support materials include discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout comparing the experience of Lorraine Hansberry’s family and the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun.

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        A Raisin in the Sun: The Hansberrys

        Video from Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart depicting the experience of Lorraine Hansberry's family during the Jim Crow period in buying a home in a white neighborhood.

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        A Raisin in the Sun: The Youngers

        Video from Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart depicting the experience of the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun in buying a home in a white neighborhood.

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