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United States Women's History Primary Resources

Over one thousand links to primary sources.

Rosa Parks, laborer and activist

After working all day as a seamstress on December 1, 1955 , Rosa Parks boarded a bus home in Montgomery, Alabama. After she sat down, the driver ordered her to give up her seat to a White passenger. She refused, and owing to segregation laws, she was arrested. "She became the face of the Montgomery Bus Boycott." In 1956, the Supreme Court overruled "racial segregation on municipal busses."--Excerpt from the Biography video.