Agricultural industry, powered by and dependent upon enslaved labor, was a large-scale operation at Monticello. Thomas Jefferson experimented with several different types of money-making ventures (the success of those ventures varied) over the decades, but cash crops were always a priority.
In this live Q&A with Monticello’s Manager of Historic Interpretation, Brandon Dillard, and Research Archaeologist Derek Wheeler discuss the various crops grown at Monticello and how that cultivation impacted the enslaved community.
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