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ASSIGNMENT: Some books say something like this: "Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a White man. African Americans heard this and decided to boycott the buses." But this is a brief description of a complex event. Write a more complete answer to the question: Why did the boycott of Montgomery’s buses succeed?

Use the documents and your background knowledge to support your ideas. Include specific examples and quotes.



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What were Abernathy's two choices and what was the deciding factor guiding that choice? Why is this factor important in creating a successful boycott?

What does this document suggest about the leaders of the boycott? About their hopes for Rosa Parks?

How did Abernathy know that the "people were with [them]"? How do you explain the supporters' enthusiasm?

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