"Uncle Tom's Cabin" should forever have a place in your heart and mind. It was the second most popular book in the world, next to the bible, before and during the Civil War. President Lincoln credited the book for helping to start the war. I now will wonder when I hear the derogatory phrase that he or she is an "Uncle Tom" whether the user of that phrase ever read the novel. Tom was a beautiful insightful and intelligent person, and he sacrificed his life for his freedom and others. His character did and does so very much for the emancipation of slaves around the world.