Raisin Webquest Answers

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The answers to a webquest covering the historical context of Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun."

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Raisin Webquest Answers

  1. 1. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>Jim Crow was an offensive caricature of an African American created by a White minstrel named Thomas Rice. “Jim Crow” became a name used to stereotype African Americans. </li></ul>
  2. 2. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>Jim Crow later referred to laws written to keep Blacks segregated from Whites especially in southern states. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Crow Laws began around 1877 and lasted until the Civil Rights Movement in the mid 1960s. </li></ul>
  3. 3. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>Segregated: </li></ul><ul><li>-public restrooms </li></ul><ul><li>-theatres </li></ul><ul><li>-schools </li></ul><ul><li>-restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>-buses </li></ul><ul><li>-hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>-marriage </li></ul><ul><li>-soda machines??? </li></ul>
  4. 4. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>In 1869, the 15 th Amendment was passed granting Black men the right to vote. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Crow Laws (a.k.a. Black Codes) kept Blacks from voting by denying them the right to exercise that right. </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy tests, poll taxes, hiding poll locations, threats, and violence were used to keep Blacks from voting. </li></ul>
  5. 5. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>Lynching is a form of racial terrorism. </li></ul><ul><li>A mob takes the law into its own hands by acting as judge, jury, and executioner of an accused person. </li></ul>
  6. 6. MEET JIM CROW <ul><li>In 1954, the historic Supreme Court case, Brown vs. The Board of Education , resulted in the ruling that segregated schools were not equal and therefore were unconstitutional. </li></ul>
  7. 7. MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT <ul><li>Lorraine Hansberry was born in 1930, grew up in Chicago, and died in 1965 of cancer at the age of thirty-five. </li></ul><ul><li>She is most well known for her play, A Raisin in the Sun , which was produced on Broadway in 1959. </li></ul>
  8. 8. MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT <ul><li>Hansberry’s parents were Civil Rights activists who moved the family into an all-White neighborhood when she was only seven. </li></ul><ul><li>They were consistently terrorized for living in this neighborhood. On one occasion, a brick was thrown through the window of their living room barely missing Lorraine’s head. </li></ul>
  9. 9. MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT <ul><li>Lorraine’s father Carl Hansberry was involved in a Supreme Court case entitled Hansberry vs. Lee which resulted in the ruling that African Americans cannot be banned from living in “White” neighborhoods. </li></ul>
  10. 10. MEET THE POET <ul><li>Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a prolific writer during the Harlem Renaissance, the African American artistic movement in the 1920s which celebrated black life and culture and was centered in Harlem. </li></ul><ul><li>Hughes was a poet, novelist, playwright, children’s author, and essayist. </li></ul>
  11. 11. I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes   I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I'll be at the table When company comes. Nobody'll dare Say to me, &quot;Eat in the kitchen,&quot; Then. Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed-- I, too, am America.
  12. 12. HARLEM by Langston Hughes   What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

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