Author Talk


Adena Spingarn

"Uncle Tom: From Martyr to Traitor"

June 7, 2018

Uncle Tom charts the dramatic cultural transformation of perhaps the most controversial literary character in American history. From his origins as the heroic, Christ-like protagonist of Stowe’s anti-slavery novel to the widely recognized epithet for a black person deemed so subservient to whites that he betrays his race.


The book is the first comprehensive account of a figure central to American conversations about race and racial representation from 1852 to the present.


Author Adena Spingarn is Lecturer in English at Stanford University.


Buy the book in the Stowe Museum Store. Hours.

Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Doors Open 5 PM
Program 5:30-7 PM