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.

  • 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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