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Sharecropping and Tenant Farming

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Transcript of Sharecropping and Tenant Farming

Sharecropping and Tenant Farming
Basic Summary
It was invented to benefit poor landowners and poor laborers
Sharecropper- a tenant farmer who gives a part of the crop they farmed for payment

By 1910 sharecroppers operated 37 percent of the state's 291,027 farms

Sharecropping came to define the method of land lease that would eventually become a new form of slavery

They were also forced to stay and work because the land owners would find ways to put the farmers in debt

Farmers who were stuck on the farm for years would be stooped, physically destroyed, and mentally damaged because of the hard, backbreaking work

Once they died the cycle would start back again
Tenant Farming
Tenant farmer- a person who farms rented land

Started after the Civil War

Had to own their own equipment and crops

They would sometimes have to buy equipment from the land owners store if it broke

It was not a very popular way of farming because owning equipment costs a lot of money which most farmers didn't have
Giesen, James C. "Sharecropping." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 10 January 2014. Web. 15 January 2014.

"Sharecropper." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

"Tenant Farmers." The Free Dictionary. Farlex, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.

Harris, Trudier. "About Sharecropping." About Sharecropping. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014

"Sharecropping & "Forty Acres and a Mule"" History.com. A&E Television Networks, 1996-2014. Web. 26 Jan. 2014
By: Ali Meek and Starr Phipps
The landowners would provide land to work on and tools to work with, while the laborers would provide their labor
Unfortunately the landowners would find ways to put and KEEP the laborers in debt, like making them buy extra tools in the landowner's store
They did this to keep the laborers from getting money and buying land of their own
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