By Lorraine Hansberry
Listed below are Lorraine Hansberry's final 3 plays--Les Blancs, The consuming Gourd, and What Use Are Flowers?--representing the capstone of her fulfillment. contains a new preface by way of Jewell Gresham Nemiroff and a revised creation by means of Margaret B. Wilkerson.
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From the time of Lorraine’s death, they responded whenever Bob called (which was often) and have continued to do so for me: responded with love, and patience, and instant dedication to whatever project from our household is underway. Their support of me on Bob’s death was, as their lives are, deeply affirming. Margaret B. Wilkerson, Hansberry’s biographer, has brought to her work in researching Hansberry’s life a thorough approach and respect for the process, and humility in having the responsibility for presentation and treatment of the artist as a private person and creator.
Others will correct that mistake and go on, probably to make errors of their own—but the result, however halting, is movement, change and advancement forward. Thus, in a parallel action, Asagai affirms Mama’s loving support of Walter by restating her position in the sociopolitical terms of African freedom struggles. While Mama may seem to be merely conservative, clinging to an older generation, it is she who, in fact, is the mother of revolutionaries; it is she who makes possible the change and movement of the new generation.
During the course of the play, set at the beginning of the Civil War, the impact of the slave system on each class is starkly portrayed, with each becoming a victim of its economic realities. Hiram Sweet is the ailing master of a slave plantation which is losing money, in part because Hiram’s relatively humane policies do not produce enough to compete favorably with larger, less “liberal” plantations. The slave Hannibal, son of Rissa, who is Hiram’s confidante, is contemptuous of his situation and is preparing to escape.