share·​crop·​per | \ ˈsher-ˌkrä-pər How to pronounce sharecropper (audio) \

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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Tina was raised by Ada’s parents, sharecroppers outside Dothan., "Kenneth Glasgow: Al Sharpton’s brother promotes voting rights for inmates, felons," 28 June 2019 The mob pulled the four sharecroppers from the car and shot them multiple times along the banks of the Apalachee River in rural Walton County, just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Atlanta. Washington Post, "Grand jury records on mass lynching once again before court," 4 June 2019 Although Americans of all races are lauded here, the inclusion of the relationship of Memphis Soul to the 1930s sharecropper roots and the city’s civil rights movement history lend a poignant backdrop. National Geographic, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 23 May 2019 The percentage of sharecroppers and tenant farmers tripled, until nearly one family in three was reduced to peonage, working for someone else—working just to live. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 The men took the sharecropper out of the car, hanged him from a tree and shot him. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 2018 Down Home’s graphic icon is of Herschel Thompson, Reeves’ late grandfather, a church deacon and a Walton County sharecropper. Montana Couser, The Root, "Meet the 1st Black Brewers of Georgia," 25 June 2018 The film's politics also remain vague because the sharecroppers are worse off in the present than 30 years earlier. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Happy as Lazzaro' ('Lazzaro Felice'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 The daughter of a sharecropper from South Carolina, Hunter trained as a nurse then came to Cleveland to attend Marshall Law College., "Women's History Month: 33 of Cleveland's most influential, interesting women," 19 Mar. 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sharecropper

: 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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