Definition of sharecropper in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is currently working on the impact of the agricultural depression on tenants and sharecroppers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book opens in 1874 in Delta, Louisiana, on the plantation where Walker's parents were sharecroppers.’
    • ‘The great mass of nonowning farmers - tenants and sharecroppers - would be infinitely better off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As southern cotton growers reduced production in return for federal payments, sharecroppers and tenant farmers were driven from the land.’
    • ‘For example, in 1941, the Supreme Court invalidated a California criminal statute aimed at excluding indigent sharecroppers and tenant farmers during the Depression.’
    • ‘The music that I grew up listening to was really raw music played by neighbours, fellow farmers 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blacks who owned small farms and also rented or sharecropped were often identified as renters or sharecroppers in the census.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though serfs were freed in 1864, they remained poor sharecroppers and staged a massive peasant uprising in 1907.’
    • ‘Born between the early 1890s and the 1930s, all grew up poor, most came from farming families, and many were sharecroppers.’
    • ‘Most African Americans in the cotton parishes worked as sharecroppers or tenants, closely supervised by plantation owners or managers.’
    • ‘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.’