, the Youngers, an African-American family on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, are trying to decide how to use a sudden windfall in the form of a $10,000 life-insurance check. That was a lot of money in those days, especially in that neighborhood, but it's not enough to satisfy everybody's wishes. Lena, the widow, wants to buy a house in a nicer area. Her daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school, while her older brother Walter wants to buy a liquor store. In the midst of the bickering, Walter's wife, Ruth, can't decide if she should carry out or end her recent pregnancy. Walter makes a unilateral (and thus anti-democratic) decision with disastrous results, and Lena uses what money is left to put a down payment on that house at 406 Clybourne Street, even if the all-white neighborhood association, personified by Karl Lindner, does everything possible to dissuade her.