Tour, Monticello

The decision to use “human” as the primary descriptor rather than “slave” was a small yet intentional move. He desvribed the games the children played on warm Sunday afternoons (the only day of the week they did not have to work), the songs enslaved workers sang late into the evenings, the celebrations they took part in when someone was married. What reverberated throughout was the humanity of the enslaved people — their unceasing desire to live a full life, one that would not be defined simply by their forced labor.

How the Word Is Passed, p. 13

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