Definition of sharecropper
: a tenant farmer especially in the southern U.S. who is provided with credit for seed, tools, living quarters, and food, who works the land, and who receives an agreed share of the value of the crop minus charges
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The wealth of Mansa Musa is hidden beneath the sharecropper’s poverty.
Raised on a sharecropper’s farm in Louisiana, Jean-Baptiste lived his life working for justice, education, and community — and his contributions to the state of Kansas and its residents are momentous.
Frazier’s father was a sharecropper who had 12 children, in Beaufort, S.C.
Frazier’s father was a sharecropper who had 12 children, in Beaufort, S.C. Ali had grown up as a middle-class guy in Louisville, Ken., and not in nearly the same abject circumstances.
His parents, Hattie and Mose, were sharecroppers who worked on a cotton plantation.
This great, rich, restless country can offer opportunity and education and hope to all: black and white, North and South, sharecropper and city dweller.
Rob Morgan is also terrific, playing a principled sharecropper who dreams of owning a piece of land, but is consistently thwarted by the demands of his callous white landlords (Jason Clarke and Carey Mulligan) and the broader inequities of the era.
Lewis, 76, was the son of sharecroppers and attended segregated schools in Alabama, according to a biography on his website.
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Definition of sharecropper for English Language Learners
: a farmer especially in the southern U.S. who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops
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