A Raisin in the Sun Topics for Further Study
by Lorraine Hansberry

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Topics for Further Study

(Drama for Students)

Research segregation laws that applied to various U.S. cities in the 1950s. Examine the arguments people made in efforts to change these laws.

Investigate the history of a particular neighborhood with which you are familiar. Analyze how its ethnic composition has shifted over decades or centuries and discuss the causes and effects of those shifts.

Write an argument for or against owning or investing in a liquor store. Try to use specific examples or statistics in your essay. Consider the ethical as well as economic issues involved.

Research the recent history of Nigeria. Compare its national events with the predictions Joseph Asagai makes in the play.

Compare how extended families functioned in the 1950's (or another time period of your choice) with the way they function today.