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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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It used to be that only the lowest in our Palestinian community would resort to name calling; for example describing others as "Uncle Toms," "traitors" or "quislings." Recently, however, some of the strongest voices have turned away from effective leadership, in the face of failed policies, to become bullhorns for rejectionism, despair and, worst of all, name-calling.
Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin in Krakow made me confront the history of American slavery in a deeper way, exposing how my own New England-based myths helped veil its meaning.
The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life among the Lowly, published as a serial in the National Era (in Washington, D.C.) in 1851, soon became an unprecedented bestseller in the United States and spread almost simultaneously as a sensation all over Europe.
As theater historian John Frick notes, Uncle Tom's Cabin was not just a popular piece of abolitionist fiction; rather, it became a "cultural, commercial, ideological, and theatrical phenomenon," arguably super intending representations of racial difference and racial justice for a full century to come.
Stowe is the focus of attention because of Uncle Tom's Cabin's role in generating support for abolition.
The second half of Uncle Tom s Cabin on the American Stage and Screen continues this devolutionary narrative, with several exceptions, by tracing the rise of spectacle in the enormously popular "Tom shows" that traveled the country until about 1930.
He said this as a reference made to Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 anti-slavery epic Uncle Tom's Cabin-during a standup comedy show in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Next up: his uncle Tom who has a 4:18 to his credit.
He stares from a window as his kind, blue eyes, magnified by his reading glasses, darken a little, as he remembers the day, when he was a little boy on the way to the seaside with his Uncle Tom, a good and true man with broad shoulders and strong arms, inherited from ancestors of Irish farming stock.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, choreographed by Paule Turner and adapted and directed by Savadove, is also thematically tied in with EgoPo's current season dedicated to vaudeville works.
I was able to keep slavery, if not racism, at a distance, however, until the summer of 2008, when I read Uncle Tom's Cabin for the first time.
Conor O'Dwyer, trainer of Uncle Tom Cobley and Competitive Edge "We started Uncle Tom Cobley back over hurdles as I thought he was well-in.
Though literary critics of James Weldon Johnson's 1912 The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man convincingly regard the novel as reminiscent of the slave narrative, few readers have considered the scope and significance of Johnson's reference to a major best-selling literary predecessor: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Van Monster Cannock employees Nathan Eaton and his uncle Tom Eaton took the leap of faith for Headway with six friends and family to raise the funds.
Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Reading Revolution: Race, Literacy, Childhood, and Fiction, 1851-1911.