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Jerry Farber (b. 1935) was a professor at California State University when he authored “The Student as Nigger” in 1967. The essay, which compares the student-teacher relationship to that of slave-master, first appeared in the Los Angeles Free Press and is often cited as one of the first underground publications to receive widespread recognition. It was reprinted over 500 times in the 1960s and was published in book form in 1970. Active in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement, Farber was arrested eight times and sentenced to jail several times between 1963 and 1968. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Occidental College in 1970. He taught at California State University at Los Angeles (1962-68), the University of Paris, VII (1974, 1977), and at San Diego State University, since 1968, as professor of comparative literature. in the 1960s and was published in book form in 1970. “The Student as Nigger”was published in the The Guilfordian, Guilford College's student newspaper, in 1970.