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an Uncle Tom

A derisive term for a black person who is submissive or servile to white people. The phrase refers to the titular faithful black servant in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He was once a passionate activist, but he's become an Uncle Tom.
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He starts out by making up as Legree and Uncle Tom at once; he daubed one side of his face white with a few touches from his powder box; the other side was already black--there you are.
1993), New Essays on Uncle Tom 's Cabin, Cambridge / New York / Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.
Nevertheless, Uncle Tom s Cabin on the American Stage and Screen is a rich resource for Stowe scholars and one that helps us return to Uncle Tom's Cabin itself with fresh eyes.
A few days later Uncle Tom Doyle went back to sea with many other bold young men.
Uncle Tom is taken down the Mississippi River to be sold at auction.
In particular, Johnson's narrator echoes Uncle Tom and the biracial character, Adolph, in Uncle Tom's Cabin.
The book lived on mostly in silent movie versions, books for children, and negative stereotypes of Uncle Tom, but it was little read and studied until the feminist movement revived it and other writings by women.
The character of Uncle Tom became synonymous with the image of a toady.
MY UNCLE TOM My mother had a brother, His name was Uncle Tom, A friend to me he always was, Now he's long passed on.
The initial and final musical moments in Uncle Tom "s Cabin contrast with the mournful dirges and plaintive laments of the music in the novel's interior.
When Mary died in childbirth Uncle Tom Archer Umpleby raised his brother's children to prevent them from being adopted.
Oroveso and Uncle Tom are Friborg's two other runners in the highly-competitive UAE Derby.
The same response from the local press, who have asked Uncle Tom Cobbly and all, and all have agreed Shearer is the man.
Yet four other African American male writers produced equally revealing attacks upon the figure of Uncle Tom at the time, beginning a decade earlier with Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children (1938).