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by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Explain the importance of Uncle Tom's Cabin

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While Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is often viewed as a factor that pushed the United States toward a Civil War over the issue of slavery, the impact of the novel has carried on more than 150 years after the Civil War. Today, the phrase "Uncle Tom" is still used as a derogatory word for African Americans. It's often used to describe someone who betrays the African American community or someone who is too submissive to white people in a position of power.

The phrase is sometimes given to famous musicians, athletes, and other African Americans with a platform to speak on social issues who don't use that platform to shine a light on the systemic racism that still exists. Even Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks who went about things in a nonviolent fashion were given label of "Uncle Tom" because of their passive form of resistance of Jim Crow laws.

However, one could argue that the phrase "Uncle Tom" has been taken out of context from Stowe's novel. In...

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