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English 102 (Writing About Literature) Research Guide: A Raisin in the Sun

Use this guide to find articles about authors and their works! We also have tips for citing sources in MLA style.

A Raisin in the Sun

Using research on the following topics, you have been asked to write an essay on A Raisin in the Sun to answer the questions your professor has provided in the essay prompt.  At least two academic resources are required.  Suggestions for possible academic resources are provided on this page.

Research Topics

  • civil rights and race relations in the U.S.
  • the persistence of housing segregation in the U.S.
  • oppression of women in the 1950s
  • assimilationism vs. holding onto African roots
  • white flight/fear

Civil Rights and Race Relations

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the 1980

E 185.61 .H224 1990

First-hand accounts from those involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

E 185.6 W685 2010

A history of the movement from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century of African-Americans from the South to Northern urban centers.


Housing (Residential) Segregation

White Flight/Fear

     The Color of Law : A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America
     Call Number:  E 185.61 R8185 2017
     Includes a section on "white flight."

Women in the 1950s

In various databases, such as Academic Search Premier, and History Reference Center, try searches using "women's rights," "women's roles"  "women AND 20th century,"  "women AND 195*"