Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era
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Houston A. Baker., & Houston A. Baker|AUTHOR. (2008). Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era . Columbia University Press.

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Houston A. Baker and Houston A. Baker|AUTHOR. 2008. Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era. Columbia University Press.

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Houston A. Baker and Houston A. Baker|AUTHOR. Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era Columbia University Press, 2008.

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