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Why We Must Stop Referring to Enslaved People as ‘Slaves’

How we use language matters

A closeup of a Freedom Trail marker that shows enslaved people guided by stars at night on their way to freedom.
Detail of a Portland Freedom Trail marker, where Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas lived and provided a safe house for fugitive slaves and provided housing for notable abolitionists. Photo: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

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