Children of the plantation

In the context of slavery in the colonial United States, the expression "Children of the plantation" was a euphemism used in the 13 Colonies to identify the offspring of black female plantation slaves by their white slave owners, by the owners' sons or by overseers. Such children, who were legally born into slavery, were seldom acknowledged by their white fathers.

Alex Haley's Queen (1993) is a partly factual historical novel, now made into a movie, that has helped to bring knowledge of the "children of the plantation" to public attention in recent years.

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