Was the Uncle Tom of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Really an Uncle Tom? Not in This 1987 Showtime Movie with Avery Brooks
Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling novel was published on this day in 1852. Many believe it's portrayal of slavery is what started the Civil War. Within three months after its initial publication, Uncle Tom's Cabin had sold 300 thousand copies. If you don't have time to watch this 1987 movie adaptation of the novel, you might want to give three minutes to the film's introduction, which puts some of the controversy surrounding Uncle Tom in perspective. With Deep Space Nine's Avery Brooks in the title role, the character hardly comes across as a shuffling lackey. (Thank you, Tami Fowler, for the original posting.)
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