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.

COMPOSE ESSAY ANSWER:

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Vocabulary

These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • alleged: claimed, but not proven
  • "negroes": word used to refer to African Americans at this time
  • Circuit Court of Montgomery: local city court where Rosa Parks was first tried and found guilty
  • Court of Appeals of Alabama: state court where Rosa Parks appealed her conviction
  • affidavit: sworn written statement submitted to a court

"Exhibit A"

This seating diagram was an exhibit in the Parks v. City of Montgomery trial. The image shows where Rosa Parks sat on the bus.

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