Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power
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The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
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Psyche A. Williams-Forson., & Psyche A. Williams-Forson|AUTHOR. (2006). Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power . The University of North Carolina Press.

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Psyche A. Williams-Forson and Psyche A. Williams-Forson|AUTHOR. 2006. Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power. The University of North Carolina Press.

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Psyche A. Williams-Forson and Psyche A. Williams-Forson|AUTHOR. Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

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Psyche A. Williams-Forson, and Psyche A. Williams-Forson|AUTHOR. Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

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