Definition of sharecropper in English:

sharecropper

noun

North American
  • A tenant farmer who gives a part of each crop as rent.

    • ‘As southern cotton growers reduced production in return for federal payments, sharecroppers and tenant farmers were driven from the land.’
    • ‘Given that the book's climax describes a showdown between sharecroppers and planters, one might imagine that class constituted a major fissure in the county's history.’
    • ‘The book opens in 1874 in Delta, Louisiana, on the plantation where Walker's parents were sharecroppers.’
    • ‘Blacks who owned small farms and also rented or sharecropped were often identified as renters or sharecroppers in the census.’
    • ‘And life was almost as bleak for white tenant farmers and sharecroppers as it was for slaves, who often worked alongside them in the fields.’
    • ‘But there's a limited amount of stuff to harvest, and bringing in more sharecroppers and putting in longer hours isn't really going to pay off.’
    • ‘Though serfs were freed in 1864, they remained poor sharecroppers and staged a massive peasant uprising in 1907.’
    • ‘The music that I grew up listening to was really raw music played by neighbours, fellow farmers and sharecroppers.’
    • ‘Maybe it was that I was raised in a sharecropper's farm or that I never owned anything until I bought that house, but I loved my little home.’
    • ‘The great mass of nonowning farmers - tenants and sharecroppers - would be infinitely better off.’
    • ‘He is currently working on the impact of the agricultural depression on tenants and sharecroppers.’
    • ‘This meant white farm owners were paid to let their land sit idle, often resulting in the eviction of sharecroppers and tenant farmers, a significant number of whom were African American.’
    • ‘We join the story in the Deep South where Carl's father is a hard-bitten sharecropper on a miserable dirt farm, trudging behind a team of mules in the summer swelter, pushing a hand plow.’
    • ‘Born between the early 1890s and the 1930s, all grew up poor, most came from farming families, and many were sharecroppers.’
    • ‘For example, in 1941, the Supreme Court invalidated a California criminal statute aimed at excluding indigent sharecroppers and tenant farmers during the Depression.’
    • ‘Many lose their land and must become tenant farmers, sharecroppers, or wage-laborers for the better-off peasants who can afford fertilizers and some machinery.’
    • ‘Most African Americans in the cotton parishes worked as sharecroppers or tenants, closely supervised by plantation owners or managers.’
    • ‘Tractors and harvesters were replacing mules and manual labor, and mechanization was in the process of making black tenant farmers and sharecroppers expendable.’
    • ‘There are also 4.8 million landless families who survive as tenant farmers, sharecroppers, and casual laborers.’
    • ‘Many tenants subrented their farms to sharecroppers or hired others to work for them, so that their economic interests often more closely resembled those of farm owners than farm workers.’

Pronunciation

sharecropper

/ˈʃɛːkrɒpə/