'Django Unchained' isn't the only film about American slavery, but it's close

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UNCLE TOM’S CABIN (1927)
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel about a group of slaves including the eponymous Uncle Tom was nothing less than a literary phenomenon when it was published, and is widely credited for boosting the abolitionist movement in the North — and presaging the Civil War. But there has not been a major American big screen adaptation of the film since the 1927 production, one of the biggest and most expensive of the silent film era. (It was exhibited well into the 1950s.) “Uncle Tom” has become an epithet of self-hating subservience, and as historically relevant as Stowe’s novel remains to this day for helping to end slavery, it’s nonetheless criticized for also perpetuating ugly stereotypes of African Americans.

As it happens, however, another 19th century book could prove to be source for a definitive major motion picture about slavey…

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