Sunday, August 3, 2008

SWIPE from NPR: "Why African-Americans Loathe 'Uncle Tom'"

Thought I'd take a break from food and post an interesting swipe from one of my favorite news sources.

Tell Me More, July 30, 2008 · Folklorist Patricia Turner discusses "Uncle Tom" — the lead character in the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe — as part of NPR's In Character series. The series examines the fictional characters who have defined American life.

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Interesting Facts:

  • Based on a real slave in Maryland

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin outsold The Bible when it was published

  • Considered the 1st bestseller

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