Blogs tagged "1950s"

Questing after the American Dream: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Photo of a scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun 1959
“Seems like God don't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams—but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.” —A Raisin in the Sun  Read More »
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“Go Set a Watchman”: A Literary Landmark

July 14, 2015, literary history will be made. On this day publishing giants William Heinemann and HarperCollins are scheduled to release Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman.Read More »
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Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Classroom

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
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A Raisin in the Sun: A Milestone in American Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway on this day March 11th 1959. Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »