Uncle Tom-the derogatory meaning

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Fri Jan 9 22:14:21 UTC 2004

Is there any cite  to predate the 1922 A Phillip Randolph's usage of the
term 'Uncle Tom' to indicate a Negro who was subservient?  That's from both
the OED and M-W.

And, if not, was Randolph justified in using this term?  Was Uncle Tom truly
subservient?  Sorry if this isn't the place for this conversation.

Sam Clements

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