Enslaved Person


A newer term for slave which is beginning to gain traction in written works; aims to promote the humanity of those who were enslaved by 1) explicitly reminding us that it is not an inherent state of being 2) directing our attention to the action that someone and something enslaved people. The rationale is that “to reduce the people involved to a nonhuman noun … reproduce(s) the violence of slavery on a linguistic level; to dispense with it amount(s) to a form of emancipation.”


Adapted from many sources including Slate and the Chicago Tribune