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A Raisin in the Sun: Resources

A guide to researching the cultural and historical background of Lorraine Hansberry's play

Books in Our Library

Here are a few of the books we have on this topic in the library.  To find more, try searching the catalog specifically for your topic -- for example  "desegregation" or "little rock", and click Keyword.

On the Web

Some great resources that are available for free on the web:

News Footage Clip

In this WSB newsfilm clip from February 7, 1959, a reporter speaks from Arlington County in Virginia, where the all-white schools of Arlington County and Norfolk had been desegregated just days before.

Find more videos and other primary source documents at the Civil Rights Digital Library (see link above).

From the WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0871, 42:09/44:25, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Library Databases

Off campus?

For access to the databases from off campus, email the librarians for passwords.

Citing Sources