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Uncle : race, nostalgia, and the politics of loyalty

Title
Uncle : race, nostalgia, and the politics of loyalty / Cheryl Thompson.
Author
Thompson, Cheryl, 1977-
Publication
Toronto : Coach House Books, [2021]

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Description
271 pages : illustrations; 22 cm
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Call Number
Sc D 21-119
ISBN
  • 9781552454107
  • 155245410X
LCCN
2020445381
OCLC
1120096035
Author
Thompson, Cheryl, 1977- author.
Title
Uncle : race, nostalgia, and the politics of loyalty / Cheryl Thompson.
Publisher
Toronto : Coach House Books, [2021]
Edition
First edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary
"Jackie Robinson, President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, O. J. Simpson, and Christopher Darden have all been accused of being an Uncle Tom during their careers. How, why, and with what consequences for our society did Uncle Tom morph first into a servile old man and then into a racial epithet hurled at African American men deemed, by other Black people, to have betrayed their race? Uncle Tom, the eponymous figure in Harriet Beecher Stowe's sentimental anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was a loyal Christian who died a martyr's death. But soon after the best-selling novel appeared, theatre troupes across North America and Europe transformed Stowe's story into minstrel shows featuring white men in blackface. In Uncle, Cheryl Thompson traces Tom's journey from literary character to racial trope. She exposes the relentless reworking of Uncle Tom into a nostalgic, racial metaphor with the power to shape how we see Black men, a distortion visible in everything from Uncle Ben and Rastus the Cream of Wheat chef to the first interracial dance partners in Hollywood, Shirley Temple and Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. In a post-truth North America, where nostalgia is used as a political tool to rewrite history, Uncle makes the case for why understanding the production of racial stereotypes matters more than ever before."-- Provided by publisher.
Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc D 21-119
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