share·​crop | \ ˈsher-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio) \
sharecropped; sharecropping; sharecrops

Definition of sharecrop

transitive verb

: to farm (land) or produce (a crop) as a sharecropper

Examples of sharecrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story of Matilda and her family highlights the horrors of slavery, the abuses of the US South’s sharecropping system, the injustices of segregation and the suffering of black farmers during the Great Depression. Fox News, "Final survivor of last American slave ship identified," 27 Mar. 2020 The history of this great nation is rife with methods to disenfranchise people of color — from sharecropping to segregation to redlining to predatory lending. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "2 Oakland moms take radical stand in battle for housing," 9 Jan. 2020 The union-run facility is spread over 265 acres of previous farmland on Foley Road that was sharecropped by two families many years ago. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "A Year in Review: 2019 brought promised progress," 31 Dec. 2019 Born on a sharecropping farm, Mr. Lewis has spent his life fighting for racial integration and civil rights, rising through the ranks of the civil rights movement before taking office. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "John Lewis, Congressman and Civil Rights Icon, Has Pancreatic Cancer," 29 Dec. 2019 Matt Bowman, a Navy veteran who started the Round O vineyard on his family’s fifth-generation farm, walked Buttigieg around the property, telling the story of how his family went from sharecropping to creating a successful business of their own. Bill Ruthhart,, "Pete Buttigieg is polling at 0% with black voters in South Carolina. Here’s how he’s rebooting his 2020 approach to win them over.," 5 Dec. 2019 Lowndes County is part of the Black Belt—the swathe of land named for its fertile topsoil which produced vast amounts of cotton on the back of slave labour and, later, sharecropping, and where emancipated black workers farmed rented land. The Economist, "RacePoverty in America continues to affect people of colour most," 26 Sep. 2019 Like Glen Campbell, Webb’s family business was sharecropping. Longreads, "The Story of Country Music’s Great Songwriting Duo," 3 Sep. 2019 But her father, Marion, was determined to end the legacy of sharecropping in his family. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Black Women Can’t Bridge the Gender Gap Alone: raceAhead," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sharecrop

circa 1930, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for sharecrop

back-formation from sharecropper

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share·​crop | \ ˈsher-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio) \
sharecropped; sharecropping

Kids Definition of sharecrop

: to farm another's land for a share of the crop or profit

Other Words from sharecrop

sharecropper noun

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