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Welcome to
…. Connect The Dots

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a page for readers who have
no idea how they got here

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In today’s episode, we are talking about
Lorraine Hansberry, playwright,
and
Louisa May Alcott, novelist.

Lorraine
Hansberry

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Louisa May
Alcott

In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway.
In 1868, Louisa May Alcott publish her novel Little Women.

Both writers enjoyed popular, critical, and economic success.
But that’s not all that connects these two!

Louisa May Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts with two parents who were radical social and political activists. In the mid-1840s, her father opened their home as a safe house on the Underground Railroad.

Visitors to her childhood home included philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and essayist Henry David Thoreau.


Lorraine Hansberry grew up in Chicago, Illinois with two parents who were radical social and political activists. In 1940, her father fought his housing segregation case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Visitors to her childhood home included poet Langston Hughes, historian and activist W E B DuBois, actor Paul Robeson, Olympian Jesse Owens, boxer Joe E Louis, and jazz legend Duke Ellington.


You can read more about
Louisa May Alcott
in my post from November 19, 2019 called
A Scribbling Suit
You can read more about
Lorraine Hansberry
in my post from June 2, 2020 called
One Concrete Thing

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