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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Recent Examples on the Web But after being drawn into a conflict involving sharecroppers and the Ku Klux Klan, he is murdered. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "12 novels that changed the way we live," 7 May 2020 Her father was a sharecropper, her daughter is a U.S. Congresswoman. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Citing district’s legacy fighting for voting rights, Rep Terri Sewell endorses former VP Joe Biden in 2020 presidential race," 17 Jan. 2020 Rae Kakacek was born into a family of sharecroppers and met her husband, Keith, in high school. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "The family of a Dallas murder victim gets what they want most — the killer’s confession," 5 Mar. 2020 In the rural south, sharecroppers and tenant farmers, who lived in appalling conditions, struggled for fair treatment and wages. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 civil rights sites you should see before Black History Month comes to a close," 25 Feb. 2020 On September 30, as sharecroppers met to unionize against low wages, law enforcement officers drove by at night and claimed their car broke down. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "100 years ago, white mobs across the country attacked black people. And they fought back," 27 July 2019 The son of a sharecropper, Currie was a teacher who rose to become a popular and leading black lawmaker. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 Born in Waco, Texas, Miller was the grandson of slaves and the son of sharecroppers. The View, ABC News, "'The View' celebrates Black History Month honoring heroes and role models," 11 Feb. 2020 Hamer was born to sharecroppers in Montgomery County on Oct. 6, 1917. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sharecropper

1923, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Sharecropper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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