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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 100

One week of the Montgomery bus boycott is depicted by showing how it affected Alfa Merryfield and his family. An impoverished African-American youth, Alfa works to provide rent money and food for his sister and great-grandmother. When they are unfairly accused of stealing money from a white family, Alfa seeks...

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One week of the Montgomery bus boycott is depicted by showing how it affected Alfa Merryfield and his family. An impoverished African-American youth, Alfa works to provide rent money and food for his sister and great-grandmother. When they are unfairly accused of stealing money from a white family, Alfa seeks to clear their names. He is also determined to find the person who has been stealing the monthly rent payment from his home. Worried that his family will be evicted and hungry, Alfa logically figures out who took the rent money and proves that his family members are not thieves.

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