Definition of Uncle Tom's Cabin from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Uncle Tom's Cabin

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a novel (1852) by the US writer Harriet Beecher Stowe which increased support for the movement to free slaves. It is about a kind slave called Tom who is badly treated and finally killed by Simon Legree. Tom's daughter Little Eva also dies, and another well-known character in the novel is the slave child Topsy. The name 'Uncle Tom' is sometimes used as an insult to describe an African American who has too much respect for white people.