Definition of sharecropper in English:

sharecropper

Line breaks: share|crop|per
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɛːkrɒpə
 
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noun

chiefly North American
  • A tenant farmer who gives a part of each crop as rent.
    More example sentences
    • As southern cotton growers reduced production in return for federal payments, sharecroppers and tenant farmers were driven from the land.
    • Many lose their land and must become tenant farmers, sharecroppers, or wage-laborers for the better-off peasants who can afford fertilizers and some machinery.
    • This meant white farm owners were paid to let their land sit idle, often resulting in the eviction of sharecroppers and tenant farmers, a significant number of whom were African American.

Derivatives

sharecrop

verb (sharecrops, sharecropping, sharecropped)
More example sentences
  • Less than one-fifth of farmers lease or sharecrop the land they till.
  • Blacks who owned small farms and also rented or sharecropped were often identified as renters or sharecroppers in the census.
  • Agricultural land is owned individually or jointly, sharecropped, or rented, and the number of farmers and the amount of land under cultivation have declined consistently.

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