Definition of plantation song in English:

plantation song

noun

  • A song of the kind formerly sung by black slaves on American plantations.

    • ‘Old Negro spirituals, the raw, fervent plantation songs that helped African Americans through slavery, Emancipation and Jim Crow are finding a rebirth in the era of hip-hop.’
    • ‘The title ‘Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old ‘Tucky Home’ sounds like a plantation song.’
    • ‘The center's kickoff event last month featured The Hallelujah Singers, a local group of Gullah singers who perform plantation songs that date back to the 1660s.’
    • ‘Plantation songs, tales, and slave caricatures were wildly popular up until World War II.’
    • ‘One of the posters we have is for a show by Dennistoun's Amateur Minstrel company in 1888 in the City Halls for ‘an evening of revival of 20 old Negro melodies and plantation songs’.’
    • ‘We then went on to plantation songs, women's songs, and songs through the Civil War.’