Definition of sharecropper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sharecropper

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈʃeəkrɒpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃerkrɑːpər//
 
(especially North American English) Farm people
 
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a farmer who gives part of his or her crop as rent to the owner of the land See related entries: Farm people Culture Sharecroppers were common in the southern US. The share of the crops is usually 50% to pay for the sharecropper's house, equipment, seeds and land. The system, which is widely regarded as unfair, was common after the Civil War, and many sharecroppers were poor slaves who had been freed.
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