Cultural definitions for Uncle Tom's Cabin
Published shortly before the Civil War, Uncle Tom's Cabin won support for the antislavery cause.
Although Stowe presents Uncle Tom as a virtuous man, the expression “Uncle Tom” is often used as a term of reproach for a subservient black person who tolerates discrimination.
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