DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

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.




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • warrant: a written authorization to carry out an arrest
  • police report: an official record filed by police about each incident they handle.
  • (cf): "colored female"
  • (wm): "white male"
  • complainant: a person who makes a formal accusation against another

Parks Police Report

Image of the police report generated when Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955.

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