Uncle Tom-the derogatory meaning

Dan Goodman dsgood at VISI.COM
Fri Jan 9 23:43:39 UTC 2004

Sam Clements wrote:
> 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.

No, Uncle Tom wasn't an Uncle Tom.

Also:   The Ugly American wasn't an Ugly American.
The book Open Marriage did not advocate Open Marriage.

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